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University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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France, women, gender, imperialism, colonialism, empire, feminism, feminist, socialism, anarchism, radicalism, New Caledonia, names, naming, anti-Semitism, Louise Michel, nineteenth-century, early twentieth-century, revolution, social unrest, prison colony, Kanak, race, class.
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Carolyn J. Eichner is Professor of History and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, specializing in modern France and empire, gender, race, political radicalism, and the politics of names. A 2022-2023 Fulbright Research Scholar (Paris), and a Spring 2023 Camargo Foundation Fellow, she has also held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her publications include Feminism’s Empire (Cornell University Press, 2022), The Paris Commune: A Brief History (Rutgers University Press, 2022), and Surmounting the Barricades: Women in the Paris Commune (Indiana University Press, 2004), translated as Franchir les barricades: Les femmes dans la Commune de Paris (Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2020) (Prix Augustin Thierry 2021 finalist).

Recent Publications

Feminism’s Empire (Cornell University Press, 2022).

The Paris Commune: A Brief History. (Rutgers University Press,   2022).

“La colonie pénale genrée : prisonnières politiques en Nouvelle-Calédonie,” Les circulations européennes à l’âge des empires coloniaux au XIXe siècle. Une identité genrée ?  Edited by Virginie Chaillou-Atrous and Françoise Le Jeune. (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2020), 83-92.

“Language of Imperialism, Language of Liberation: Louise Michel and the Kanak-French Colonial Encounter,” Feminist Studies vol. 45, n. 2 (2019), 377-408. Special Issue: Indigenous Feminisms in Settler Contexts.

“Exil et empire colonial : Louise Michel et l’expérience de la déportation,” La Commune de 1871 : une relecture. Edited by Marc César and Laure Godineau. (Grâne, France: Editions Créaphis, 2019), 359-368.

“Civilization vs. Solidarity: Louise Michel and the Kanak,” Salvage Quarterly 4 (February 2017), 84-97.

“In the Name of the Mother: Feminist Opposition to the Patronym in Nineteenth-Century France,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society vol. 39, n. 3 (Spring 2014), 659-683.

Media Coverage
Everyday Anarchism, Podcast, The Paris Commune: A Brief History, October, 2022. Varn Vlog, The Paris Commune: A Brief History, September, 2022.
Country Focus
France, New Caledonia, Algeria
Expertise by Geography
France, Pacific, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Economic History, Emancipation, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion, Sexuality, Urban History, Women