David Gallo, Ph.D. - College of Mount Saint Vincent

Department of History

Department of History

David Gallo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., Boston College
M.Div., Weston Jesuit School of Theology
Th.M., Harvard University
M.A., Boston College
B.A., Assumption College


Areas of Interest

  • Courtly life during reign of King Louis XIV of France
  • King Louis XIV of France
  • Versailles and court culture
  • Royal chateaux
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Old Regime France
  • Byzantine Empire (Reign of Justinian and Theodora)



  • HIST 202 Royalties and Revolutions: Pre-Modern to the Modern Worlds
  • HIST 300 Classical Civilizations
  • HIST 301 Medieval History
  • HIST 302 Eastern Roman Empire
  • HIST 405 The Tudor Reformations
  • HIST 410 The French Monarchy, 1560-1789
  • HIST 417 Britain: Foundations of Constitutional Rule, 1660-1714
  • HIST 495 Practicum in the Teaching of History

Honors and Awards
Knight in a European Order of Chivalry (Capellán Caballero con Mérito in the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George, Order of Chivalry bestowed by HRH the Infante Don Carlos of Borbon-Dos Sicilias, Duke of Calabria)
Teacher of the Year, College of Mount Saint Vincent, 2006

Professional Affiliations
Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies (Société d’études pluridisciplinaires du dix-septième siècle français)

“Total Eclipse: Black Masses and the Dark Arts at the Court of the Sun King,” Supernatural Studies Association, 2nd Annual Conference, College of Mount Saint Vincent, March 29, 2019

“A Provincial Noble at Versailles: Jean Plantavit de la Pause, Marquis de Margon, at the Reception of the Doge of Genoa, 15 May 1685,” presented at the 33rd Annual Conference, Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century Studies, panel on “Center and Margins/Centre et Marges, ” University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, October 18, 2014

“Royal Bodies, Royal Bedrooms: Louis XIV’s Lever du Roy and the Theory of the `King’s Two Bodies” Cahiers du Dix-Septième: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2009

“Seventeenth-Century Studies,” as part “Body and Soul/Le Corps et l’Âme,” University of Iowa, October 13, 2006

“What’s Still Grand about the Grand Siècle: The Age of Louis XIV and the Education of the Heart” Cahiers du Dix-Septième: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Actes du Colloque, 2005

The Château of Marly-le-Roi
. Musée de Marly-le-Roi, Louveciennes, France (English language section)

“Royal Bodies, Royal Bedrooms: Louis XIV’s Lever du Roy and the Theory of the ‘King’s Two Bodies,'” 25th Annual Conference, Society for Interdisciplinary French