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Associate Professor
BA, MA, PhD, York University

Adriana Benzaquén grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and lived in Toronto, New York and Vancouver before coming to the Mount in 2001.  She received her Ph.D. from York University (Toronto) in 1999 and her doctoral dissertation won awards from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and the York University Faculty of Graduate Studies. 



Dr. Benzaquén teaches early modern European history, intellectual and cultural history, the history of science, and the history of women.  She regularly offers these courses:


HIST 2203 Europe from the Renaissance to the Scientific Revolution
HIST 2204 Europe in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

HIST 2207 Social History of European Women 

HIST 3305 Gender in Historical Perspective: Childhood, Family and Private Life in Early Modern Europe

HIST 3312 Centuries of Change: Western Europe in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (on the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era)

HIST 3314 Witches, Witch-Hunters and Scholars in Early Modern Europe 

HIST 4480 History Seminar (Europe)



Dr. Benzaquén's current research project, “John Locke and the Clarkes of Chipley: Childhood, Family, Friendship and Gender in England, 1650-1720,” supported by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant, is a study of representations, understandings and experiences of childhood, family, friendship and gender through in-depth analysis of a correspondence network in England in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.  It examines the published and unpublished letters of the philosopher John Locke and his extensive circle of friends and acquaintances, in particular the Somerset politician and landowner Edward Clarke and his wife Mary.


Dr. Benzaquén’s recent publications are:

“‘No greater Pleasure in this Life’: The Friendship of John Locke and Edward Clarke.” In Friendship and Sociability in Premodern Europe: Contexts, Concepts and Expressions. Ed. Amyrose McCue Gill and Sarah Rolfe Prodan. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, 2014, 43-70.

"Locke's Children," Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 4, no. 3 (Fall 2011): 382-402.


“World Contexts,” in A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800), ed. James Marten and Elizabeth Foyster (Oxford: Berg, 2010), 185-204.


Encounters with Wild Children: Temptation and Disappointment in the Study of Human Nature (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006). Encounters
        For more information on this book, click here
        For a review of Encounters with Wild Children in Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences 43, no. 4 (Fall 2007), click here.  
        For a review in History Workshop Journal 65, no. 1 (Spring 2008), click here.

        Listen to the BBC Radio 4 documentary "Case Study: The Wild Boy of Aveyron," where Dr. Benzaquén and other scholars discuss the case of Victor of Aveyron, here.

“The Doctor and the Child: Medical Preservation and Management of Children in the Eighteenth Century,” in Fashioning Childhood in the Eighteenth Century: Age and Identity, ed. Anja Müller (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006), 13-24.

“Childhood, Identity, and Human Science in the Enlightenment,” History Workshop Journal 57 (Spring 2004): 34-57.

“Childhood, History, and the Sciences of Childhood,” in Multiple Lenses, Multiple Images: Perspectives on the Child Across Time, Space, and Disciplines, ed. Hillel Goelman, Sheila K. Marshall and Sally Ross (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), 14-37.