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Assistant Professor, History
Phone: (408) 554-6848
My teaching and research interests focus on French and European history in their modern global context. I am a historian of ideas, and I am particularly interested in the way human nature has been defined in modern times and how those definitions shape our understanding of sex roles, racial differences, citizenship, and social power. I currently teach courses on the history of gender, European imperialism, citizenship, and slavery at both lower and upper division levels. My first book, Socialism’s Muse, is a history of French romantic socialism, feminism, and ideas about women and gender during the early 19th century. My current research explores the way romantic socialists contributed to the justification of French imperialism in the 1830s and 40s, an important period in the rebuilding of the French empire and the era of slavery abolition. This current project explores the way gendered and racialized categories were mobilized to underwrite imperial hierarchies in the nineteenth century.
Socialism’s Muse: Gender in the Intellectual Landscape of French Romantic Socialism, April 2006, Lexington Books.
“D’Eichthal and Urbain’s Lettres sur la race noire et la race blanche: Race, Gender, and Reconciliation after Slave Emancipation.” Nineteenth Century French Studies. Volume 39, Numbers 3 & 4 (Spring-Summer 2011).
“Utopian Androgyny: Romantic Socialists Confront Individualism in July Monarchy France,” French Historical Studies 26:3, Summer 2003.
“The Feminist and the Socialist: Adèle and Alphonse Esquiros,” Proceedings for the Western Society for French History, vol. 29, 2003.
“ ‘La Mère Humanité’: Femininity in the Romantic Socialism of Pierre Leroux and the Abbé A. –L. Constant,” The Journal of the History of Ideas, 63: 4, October 2002.