Gayle K. Brunelle

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Gayle K. Brunelle, Ph.D

Department Address

California State University, Fullerton
Department of History
P.O. Box 6846
Fullerton, CA 92834

Gayle K. Brunelle, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Associate Editor

Terrae Incognitae: The Journal of Society for the History of Discoveries


Gayle K. Brunelle received her Ph.D. in early modern European history and Atlantic World from Emory University. Dr. Brunelle is an affiliate of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA and the UCLA Center for 17th-& 18th-Century Studies & William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. She is the author of three books: The New World Merchants of Rouen, 1559-1630. Volume Sixteen, Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies, (Kirksville, Missouri: Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers/Truman State University Press, 1991); Murder in the Métro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France , co-authored with Annette Finley-Croswhite, (Baton Rouge:  Louisiana State University Press, 2010); Samuel de Champlain: The Founder of New France. A Brief History with Documents. (New York: Bedford/Saint Martin’s Press, 2012). She has published numerous peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book chapters in edited collections. Her current research projects include: Tropical Chimeras:  France in Guiana, 1604-1676, which will be a monograph study of France’s efforts to colonize French Guiana in the 17th century. Under contract with Louisiana State University Press; Vengeance: Vichy and the Assassination of Marx Dormoy, with Annette Finley-Croswhite, a monograph study of the 1941 assassination of former Popular Front Interior Minister Marx Dormoy while under house arrest in Montélimar by order of the Vichy regime. This book will explore the role of a network of former members of the Cagoule, operating both in Vichy and the Occupied Zone, in fomenting, engineering and covering up the crime; Fortunes of Violence: Simon Lecomte, a Merchant in Toulouse during the French Wars of Religion, a microhistory study of Simon Lecomte, a merchant from Paris who spent twenty years in Toulouse during the French Wars of Religion. This book explores the underlying social and economic causes of judicial and extra-judicial violence. Under contract, the University of Toronto Press.

Dr. Brunelle is a writer and historical consultant to film and script projects, including  “Le crime mysterieux,” of the series “Les crimes presque parfaits,” a series on the Planete + Justice Channel in France (view episode). The documentary received a five-star critical rating.  She is listed in the credits. She is currently represented by Judith Ehrlich Literary Management Agency, LLC.

You can view Dr. Brunelle's CV herePDF File


1981, Bachelor of Arts, History, Saint Michael's College, Winooski, Vermont

1983, Master of Arts, History, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

1988, Doctor of Philosophy, Early Modern European History, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Research Areas

Early Modern Europe, French History, European Expansion, Atlantic World, Women and Gender


Associate Editor, Terrae Incognitae: The Journal of the Society for the History of the Discoveries

Editorial board member, University of Florida Press book series, "New world Diasporas," General Editor Kevin Yelvington, Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida.  This series publishes monographs in history, anthropology, and cultural and gender studies of the Atlantic World.

Courses Regularly Taught

History 110A, World History

Honors 210A, Honors World History

History 300A, Historical Thinking

History 300B, Historical Writing

History 302A (was 303A), Historical Dimensions of Liberal Studies

History 400A, Concepts in World History

History 409, European Urban History

History 410, The Rise of the Atlantic World

History 425B, The Reformation

History 425C, “Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe”

History 425D, “Magic, Mysticism, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe”

History 437A,  Women and Men in Pre-Modern Europe

History 490T, Europe in the Age of Expansion

History 499, Independent Study

History 504, Graduate Historical Research, "Immigration and Assimilation in History"

History 521T, Directed Readings in European History

History 522T, Research Seminar in European History

History 551T, Directed Readings in World History

History 552T, Research Seminar in World History

History 599, Graduate Independent Study 

Please feel free to contact Dr. Brunelle directly for information regarding her upcoming courses.

Dr. Brunelle is teaching early modern Europe and pre-modern world history graduate seminars and directs M.A. theses and/or M.A. exams on topics related to early modern (1450-1750) women and gender history, exploration and travel, Atlantic World, and European history, including the Renaissance and the Reformation.