Seth Armus, Ph.D.

Seth Armus, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Chair

History BK



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B.A., History, University of Minnesota, 1990

M.A., History, Stony Brook University, 1991

Ph.D., History, Stony Brook University, 1998


Seth Armus received his Ph.D. in French History from Stony Brook University in 1998 and has been with St. Joseph's University, New York since 1997. He teaches courses on Western civilization, the French Revolution, modern Europe and the Holocaust. 

Before joining the St. Joseph's faculty, Dr. Armus was an instructor at Queensborough Community College. In fall 2006, he spent a sabbatical in Paris researching a book on Pierre Antoine Cousteau. His first book, French Anti-Americanism 1930-1948: Critical Moments in a Complex History, was published by Lexington Books in 2007 and was reprinted in paperback in 2010. He has also been published in journals such as French Historical Studies, French Politics, Culture and Society, Athenaeum and French Cultural Studies. He is a longstanding member of the Society for French Historical Studies and is a reviewer and listeditor at their publication, H-France.

In 2014 and 2019 Dr. Armus took St, Joseph’s students on study abroad programs to Germany, Poland and France. He spent part of the summer of 2017 in Oxford as a “scholar in residence” for the International Study Group on Antisemitism and Policy.  

Recently, Dr. Armus has focused on the legacy of “decline” in French thought and has begun a project on this idea. This complements his interest in the use of politics and history in the work of French writer Michel Houellebcq. His other interests include French orientalism and antisemitism, and hopes to write more on the subject of Pierre-Antoine Cousteau and Louis Massignon.