University of California, Riverside

Department of History

Antoine Lentacker

Antoine Lentacker
Office Phone: (951) 827-5401


Antoine Lentacker

Assistant Professor

PhD, Yale University, 2016

Areas of specialization: Modern Europe; history of science, medicine and technology; media studies; social and critical theory


My work is broadly dedicated to investigating the effects of changing communication technologies on the governing of people and things in Europe since c. 1800. Before receiving my PhD in History from Yale, I studied philosophy and the social sciences at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. As a historian, I remain deeply interested in the fundamental questions of how language relates to the world; how names gain a hold over the objects and subjects they name; and how belief and authority are made and undone. My current book project, entitled Signs and Substances, pursues these interests through a history of drugs in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France and Central Europe. Signs and Substances seeks to understand how drugs were known and trusted before the era of modern regulation, while also revealing drugs’ unique ability to highlight changing attitudes toward the written word.

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