Michael J. Hughes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Modern European History

Chair, History Department

Michael Hughes
10 President Street
(914) 633-2586 (914) 633-2586


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • MA, Temple University
  • BA, Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey)

Dr. Michael J. Hughes teaches course offerings on the history of Europe from 1648 to the present. He specializes in military history and the history of Napoleonic and Revolutionary France, and he is particularly interested in military motivation and the relationship between war, culture, and gender. Dr. Hughes is also a faculty member in the Honors program, where he teaches HON 202, Honors Humanities Seminar IV. His book, Forging Napoleon’s Grande Armée: Motivation, Military Culture, and Masculinity in the French Army, 1800-1808 (New York University Press, 2012) best illustrates his approach to these subjects.

  • Forging Napoleon’s Grande ArméeMotivation, Military Culture, and Masculinity in the French Army,
    1800-1808 (New York, London:  New York University Press, 2012).
  • Book Review, Jonathan Abel, Guibert: Father of Napoleon’s Grande Armée, in Journal of Military History, vol. 81, no. 4 (October 2017), 1156-1158.
  • Book Review, David A. Bell, Napoleon: A Concise Biography, in European History Quarterly, vol. 47, no. 1 (January 2017), 109-110.
  • Book review, Munro Price, Napoleon: The End of Glory, in The American Historical Review, vol. 120, no. 3 (June 2015), 1128.
  • Book review, Brian Joseph Martin, Napoleonic Friendship:  Military Fraternity, Intimacy & Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France, in H-France Review, vol. 11 (August 2011), no. 177.
  • “Celebrating the Grande Armée: Military Motivation and National Identity in the Armies of Napoleon,” Alexander Mikaberidze, Carol Harrison, William Olejniczak, Michael Leggiere, eds., The Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, Selected Papers 2009 (Louisiana State University - Shreveport, 2016), 164-176.
  • Book review, Philip Dwyer, Napoleon:  The Path to Power 1769-1799, in European History Quarterly, vol. 40, no. 2 (2010):  317-319.
  • “Making Frenchmen into Warriors:  Martial Masculinity in Napoleonic France,” in Christopher E. Forth
    and Bertrand Taithe, eds., French Masculinities:  History, Culture, and Politics (Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 51-66. 
  • Ph.D. dissertation, "Vive la République!, Vive l'Empereur!": Military Culture and Motivation in the Armies of Napoleon, 1803-1808 (University of Illinois, 2005).
  • “Singing the Praises of Napoleon:  Songs as Media in the French Army of the Napoleonic Wars,” in Mihail 
    E. Ionescu, ed., Acta. War, Military and Media from Gutenberg to Today, Guerre, armée et médias de Gutenberg à nos jours, Krieg, das Militär und die Medien von Gutenberg bis heute, Război, armată şi mass-media de la Gutenberg până în prezent.  29th  International Congress of Military History, Bucharest, Romania, August 10-15, 2003  (Bucharest:  Military Publishing House, 2004), 413-424.
  • “Images of the Grognard: Songs, French Soldiers, and Military Culture in the Armies of Napoleon,” in Frederick C. Schneid, Susan Nicassio, Michael Pavkovic, eds., The Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Selected Papers 2003 (High Point University, 2012), 361-374.