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University of Texas-Austin
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Gender, family, capitalism, law, France, early modern, economy, state formation, Atlantic, sexuality, women's reproductive health,
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About Me

I am the John E. Green Regents Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.

I work at the intersections of legal, economic, social and family/gender history in early modern France.  I grew up in the U.K, and did her PhD at Johns Hopkins University.

My new book is Sex in an Old Regime City: young workers and intimacy in France, 1660-1789, (Oxford University Press, 2020).

I have written two earlier books, The Practice of Patriarchy: gender and the politics of household authority in early modern France (1998) and Family Business: litigation and the political economy of daily life in early modern France (2009).  I have many essays in edited collections, and my articles have appeared in The American Historical Review, The Journal of Social HistoryThe Journal of Modern HistoryThe William & Mary QuarterlyThe Journal of Women’s HistoryEuropean History ReviewHistory Compass, and French Historical Studies.  I have held two N.E.H year long research fellowships and was the distinguished invited research scholar at the Gender and Work Project at the University of Uppsala in 2014. I was the founding director of the Institute for Historical Studies at UT.

My next book project is in progress: Hanging Bankrupts: credit, crime and the transition to capitalism.

Recent Publications

Sex in an Old Regime City: Young Workers and Intimacy in France, 1660-1789.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, France, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Economic History, Family, Gender, Government, Law, Sexuality, Sexual Violence