Laurent Brassart is associate professor at Lille University, and researcher at the Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion -UMR CNRS 8529 and former vice-president of the Lille III University. He has written his doctoral dissertation about the history of the relationship between the State and the countryside during the French Revolution, awarded by the Mathiez Prize (2010) and published with the title Gouverner le local en Révolution. Etat, pouvoirs et mouvements collectifs en Picardie, 1790-1795 (Société des Études Robespierristes, 2013).
He has edited with Jean-Pierre Jessenne and Nadine Vivier, Clochemerle ou république villageoise ? La conduite municipale des affaires villageoises en Europe, XVIII-XXe siècle (Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2012) about municipal policies in Europe from 18th to 21th centuries. He holds several adminstrative and editorial responsabilities, especially for the Annales de la Révolution française, the Revue du Nord and 18e siècle.
His main research topics and last articles deal with agricultural and environmental histories in the time of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire, rural politicization in Europa (18th-19th century), State building and public policies during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire.