Lynn Avery Hunt (born November 16, 1945) is the Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her area of expertise is the French Revolution, but she is also well known for her work in European cultural history on such topics as gender. Her 2007 work, Inventing Human Rights, has been heralded as the most comprehensive analysis of the history of human rights. She served as president of the American Historical Association in 2002.
Born in Panama and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, she has her B.A. from Carleton College (1967) and her M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1973) from Stanford University. Before coming to UCLA she taught at the University of California, Berkeley (1974-1987) and the University of Pennsylvania (1987-1998).
Prof. Hunt teaches French and European history and the history of history as an academic discipline. Her specialties include the French Revolution, gender history, cultural history and historiography. Her current research projects include a collaborative study of an early 18th-century work on comparative religion that appeared in 7 volumes with 275 engravings by the artist Bernard Picart.
- On Human Rights
- Inventing Human Rights: A History (W. W. Norton, 2007)
- On The French Revolution
- Revolution and Urban Politics in Provincial France (1978)
- The Failure of the Liberal Republic in France, 1795-1799: The Road to Brumaire, coauthored with David Lansky and Paul Hanson in The Journal of Modern History Vol. 51, No. 4, December 1979.
- Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution (1984)
- The Family Romance of the French Revolution (1992)
- On Historical Method and Epistemology
- The New Cultural History (1989)
- Telling the Truth about History (W. W. Norton, 1994)
- Histories: French Constructions of the Past (1995)
- Beyond the Cultural Turn (1999)
- La storia culturale nell'età globale, Edizioni ETS, Pisa, 2010
- Writing History in the Global Era (W. W. Norton, 2014)
- The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures (2005)
- Liberty, equality, fraternity: exploring the French Revolution [book, CD, and website] (2001)
In addition, Hunt has edited collections on the history of eroticism and pornography.