In a show of support for the notion that humanities scholarship is vital for our society, the MacArthur Foundation named Jacob Soll, a historian of Early Modern Europe at Rutgers University, who works specifically on France, as one of its 2011 Award recipients.
Soll presented his work on Colbert at Stanford in 2005 to a meeting of the French Culture Workshop. In addition to many articles on early modern intellectual political history, his published monographs include:
Soll, Jacob. Publishing the Prince: History, Reading, & the Birth of Political Criticism. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005.
Soll, Jacob. The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State Intelligence System. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009.