Lenard R. Berlanstein, 65, a professor of history at the University of Virginia, died Feb. 24 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He had lung cancer, said a brother, Bruce Berlanstein.

Dr. Berlanstein joined U-Va.’s history faculty in 1973 and taught courses on modern European cultural history until his retirement in 2011. He wrote six books, most recently “Daughters of Eve: A Cultural History of French Theater Women From the Old Regime to the Fin-de-Siecle” (2001).

Lenard Russell Berlanstein was born in Brooklyn and was a 1969 graduate of the University of Michigan. He received a master’s degree in 1971 and a doctorate in 1973, both in history from Johns Hopkins University.

He was a past executive director of the Society for French Historical Studies and won the association’s William Koren Jr. prize for the best French history article in 2007. He also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Berlanstein was a Washington resident and had lived part time in Fort Lauderdale since 2011.

Survivors include two brothers, Bruce Berlanstein and Martin Berlanstein, both of Baltimore.

— Megan McDonough