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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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About Me

Carolyn J. Eichner is Associate Professor of History and Women’s & Gender Studies, at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  She served as Chair of Women’s & Gender Studies from 2016-2018.  Eichner spent 2015-2016 as a Member in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.  Her first book was Surmounting the Barricades: Women in the Paris Commune (Indiana University Press), and her forthcoming second book, Feminisms’ Empire, investigates how gender, sexuality, and race shaped the multidirectional influence between feminisms and imperialism.  Her third book project, “The Name: Legitimacy, Identity, and Gendered Citizenship,” examines how personal names act as both intimate and public sites of contention between states, individuals, and groups.  Eichner’s article, “Language of Imperialism, Language of Liberation: Louise Michel and the Kanak-French Colonial Encounter,” is forthcoming in Feminist Studies, in a special issue on indigenous feminisms and settler colonialisms.  Her most recent publication, “Solidarity vs Civilisation: Louise Michel and the Kanak,” appeared in the February 2017 issue of Salvage Quarterly.

Recent Publications

“Language of Imperialism, Language of Liberation: Louise Michel & the Kanak-French Colonial Encounter,” forthcoming Feminist Studies vol. 45, n. 1 (2019), Special Issue: Indigenous Feminisms and Settler Colonialism.


“Exil et empire colonial : Louise Michel et l’expérience de la déportation,” Regards sur la Commune de 1871 en France. Nouvelles approches et perspectives. Edited by Marc César and Laure Godineau. Grâne : Editions Créaphis (forthcoming 2019).


“La colonie pénale genrée: Prisonnières politiques en Nouvelle-Calédonie,” European Population Circulation in the Era of Nineteenth-century Colonial Empires: A Gendered Reading.  Edited by Virginie Chaillou-Atrous and Delphine Diaz (forthcoming 2019).


“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.


“Paris Commune.” In Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Edited by Michael Gibbons. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2014.


Media Coverage
BBC Radio 4, Mediapart, Liberation, Comunicar Egualdad, Milwaukee Public Television
Country Focus
France, New Caledonia
Expertise by Geography
France, Pacific, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Emancipation, Gender, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Women