Department of History

West Chester University

506 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-3220
Fax: 610-436-3069


Éric Fournier

Éric Fournier

Associate Professor of History

Office Location: 404 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-2168
Email: efournier@wcupa.edu

Teaching Interests:

Ancient and Medieval European history; Late Antiquity; Germanic kingdoms; Christianization of the ancient world; ancient Mediterranean religions; history through movies; and historiography.

Current Research:

Claims of persecution in Late Antiquity, North African Christianity, the role of rhetoric in historiographical representations of "reality", Imperial/Royal courts and residences of the late antique and medieval world, interactions between Church and "state" in the late Roman world.

Brief Biography:

Éric Fournier is the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of History. Born and raised in Québec, Canada, he completed his dissertation at the University of California, Santa Barbara on "Victor of Vita and the Vandal "Persecution": Interpreting Exile in Late Antiquity" in August 2008. Prior to his doctoral program at UCSB, Dr. Fournier completed his M.A. in ancient history and B.A. in classics and history, both at Université de Montréal (Canada). He has presented numerous papers at national conferences and published recent articles in the field of late antique history. Dr. Fournier presently works at preparing his dissertation for publication. He is a hockey fan and was an alpine skiing instructor for ten years.