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University of South Alabama
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18th century, 19th century, France, gender, medicine, science
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About Me

I am a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French history and the history of gender and sexuality. My first book, Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815, was published by University of Virginia Press in 2015. In November 2017 the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association awarded it the Baker-Burton Prize for the best first book on European History published between 2013-17. My second book, The Science of Proof: Forensic Medicine in Modern France, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.

Recent Publications
The Science of Proof: Forensic Medicine in Modern France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022.
Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015.
“Child Sexual Abuse and Medical Expertise in Nineteenth-Century France,” French Historical Studies 42, no. 3 (2019): 391-421.
“Regards croisés sur le mariage à l’époque révolutionnaire et impériale,” with Jennifer Heuer, Andrea Mansker, Meghan Roberts, and Anne Verjus in Annales historiques de la Révolution française 388, no. 2 (2017): 143-71.
“‘Celibacy is a Social Crime’: The Politics of Clerical Marriage, 1794-1799,”French Historical Studies, vol. 36, no. 4 (2013), 601-28.
“The Sartorial Self: Neoclassical Fashion and Gender Identity in France, 1797-1804,” Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 42, no. 2 (2009), 193–215.
Media Coverage
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Expertise by Geography
France, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Law, Medicine, Science, Sexuality