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Davidson College
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France, gender, urban history, Paris, garment trades, strikes, labor history, 19th century, 20th century, Colette, women, secularization, World War I.
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About Me

I am Professor of History and Core Faculty in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Davidson College. My research and teaching explore questions around gender, culture, and history in modern Europe and especially France from the late 18th century through the mid 20th century. How did late capitalist French society represent and navigate cultural change by reworking traditional tropes of masculinity, femininity, labor taste, craft, and honor? My research interests cover three overlapping French historical moments – the fin de siècle, the belle époque, and the après-guerre.

I am the author of Colette’s Republic: Work, Gender, and Popular Culture in France, 1870-1914 (Berghahn, 2009), which explores Third Republican secular ideology and pedagogy through the work and performance of the writer (and music hall celebrity) Colette. My current book project interrogates representations of female Parisian garment workers in popular culture and in social reform and labor activism from the 1880s through World War II. Parts of this project have been published in French Historical Studies and Gender & History.

Recent Publications

Colette’s Republic: Work, Gender, and Popular Culture in France, 1870-1914 (New York: Berghahn Books, 2009).

“Sa coquetterie tue la faim”: Garment workers, lunch reform, and the Parisian picturesque, 1882-1933,” French Historical Studies Vol. 38, No. 2 (Spring 2015).

“Le corps triomphant: La culture physique et le nu au music-hall, 1900-1914.” Cahier Colettte. eds. Gérard Bonal and Frédéric Maget (Paris: Éditions de l’Herne, 2011) 98-104.

“Mimi Pinson Goes to War: Taste, Class, and Gender in France, 1900-1918,” Gender & History, 23:1, 2011.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
France, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Sexuality, Urban History, Women