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After undergraduate studies at McGill University, I received my PhD in History from Concordia University in 1979. Prior to joining Laurier in 1991, I taught at numerous universities across Canada. I have held Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council research fellowships in 1984-85 and 1988-90 that allowed me to carry out extensive research in French archives.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
I am a francophile interested in most aspects of the culture and history of modern France. I specialize in the period of the French Revolution (1789-1799) and Napoleon I (1799-1815). My research is focused on 3 general areas in French history: the French labour movement from 1789 to 1834, the political police under Napoleon I, and the history of gender and sexuality in modern France.
Michael Sibalis, "And What Then about 'Our' Problem? – Gay Liberation in the Occupied Sorbonne in May 1968," in May 68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution, ed. Julian Jackson, Anna-Louise Milne and James S. William (Houndmills, England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 122-136.
Michael Sibalis, "Une subculture d'efféminés ? L'homosexualité masculine sous Napoléon Ier," in Hommes et masculinités de 1789 à nos jours : Contributions à l'histoire du genre et de la sexualité en France, ed. Régis Revenin (Paris: Autrement, 2007), pp. 75-95.
Michael Sibalis, "Political Prisoners and State Prisons in Napoleonic France," in Napoleon and His Empire, ed. Alan Forrest and Philip Dwyer (Houndmills, England: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007), pp. 96-113.
Michael Sibalis, "Arbitrary Detention, Human Rights and the Napoleonic Senate," in Taking Liberties: Problems of a New Order from the French Revolution to Napoleon, ed. Howard G. Brown and Judith A. Miller (Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2002), pp. 166-84.
Michael Sibalis, "The Napoleonic Police State," in Napoleon and Europe, ed. Philip G. Dwyer (London and NY: Longman, 2001), pp. 79-94.
Michael Sibalis, "The Mutual Aid Societies of Paris, 1789-1848," French History 3 (1989):1-30.