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First Name
Julia M
Last Name
Utah State University
Website URL
Early Modern, Eighteenth-Century, Europe, France, Atlantic, Vast Early America, Childhood & Youth, Gender, Digital Humanities, Pedagogy
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About Me

Julia M Gossard is Assistant Professor of History and Distinguished Assistant Professor of Honors Education at Utah State University. Julia studies the history of childhood, youth, and gender in the eighteenth-century French world. Her research and teaching interests fit well within the #VastEarlyAmerican field.

Recent Publications

Book Manuscript: Young Subjects: Children, State-Building, and Social Reform in the Eighteenth-Century French World (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2019 “Breaking a Child’s Will: Eighteenth-Century Parisian Juvenile Detention Centers,” French Historical Studies

2017  “Tattletales: Childhood & Authority in Early Modern France,” Journal of the Society of Childhood & Youth (Vol. 10, No. 2, Spring 2017, pp.169-187)

2011  “The Crown’s Catholic Subjects: Lyon’s Écoles de Charité and the French State, 1660-1689,” The Journal of the Western Society for French History, Vol. 39 (2011)

Select Public History Pieces

2018  Food in the West: Using TimelineJS in the Classroom,” AHA Today’s Teaching with #DigHist, posted March 2018.

2017  Mapping the Early Modern World: Using Google Maps in the Classroom,” AHA Today’s Teaching with #DigHist, posted October 2017.

2017  Child Gangs and Motherly Duty at the Onset of Revolution,” Age of Revolutions, posted August 2017. Peer-reviewed.

2017  Prix de Moralité: The Inculcation of Young French Citizens,” Age of Revolutions, posted June 19, 2017.  Peer-reviewed.

2017 Episode 96, “Louis XIV’s Absolutism and the ‘Affair of the Poisons,’” 15 Minute History, September 13, 2017.

2014  Ten Things to Remember During Your Research Year,Not Even Past, June 5, 2014.

2013  Women’s Bodies and Political Agendas: UT Gender Symposium,” co-authored with Shaherzad Ahmadi, Not Even Past, September 16, 2013.

2013  Review: State of Virginity: Gender, Religion, and Politics in an Early Modern Catholic State,Not Even Past, February 17, 2013.

2013  Les Misérables: A Historian’s Review,” The Alcalde, January 16, 2013.

2013 Review: Sarah’s Key,Not Even Past, September 7, 2011.

2011   Death and Decadence: Vatel,” Not Even Past, May 9, 2011.

2010   Review: A Tale of Two Murders: Passion and Power in Seventeenth-Century France,” Not Even Past, October 2010.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, France, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, Children & Youth, Colonialism, Family, Gender, Pedagogy, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality, Women