Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies
Ph.D., University of Chicago Modern France, Race and Gender History/Theory, Colonial Culture
Book Review Editor: Journal of Women's History (2010-2015)
Office: LT 803
Phone: (607) 777-2386
My recent book argues that immigration was a defining feature of early twentieth-century France, and that race, gender, and reproductive practices were central to the construction of French national identity. I explore interwar debates on pronatalism, prostitution, the marriage contract, racial mixing, and the rationalization of labor and the body to reveal the critical role of embodiment and gender politics to the “immigrant question,” and how the bodies at stake were always racialized. My current research fully internationalizes questions of gender, sexuality, and migration to explore sex trafficking between Europe and Latin America.
Recent or current undergraduate courses:
- Race and Racism in Modern Europe
- Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
- Twentieth-Century France
- Twentieth-Century Europe
Recent or current graduate courses:
- Gender and Empire
- European Gender History and Theory
- Gender History and Feminist Theory
- Reproducing the French Race: Immigration, Intimacy, and Embodiment in the Early Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2009)
- “Race-Making and Race-Mixing in the Early Twentieth-Century Immigration Debate,” in Hafid Gafaïti, Patricia Lorcin, and David Troyansky (eds.), Transnational Spaces and Identities in the Francophone World (University of Nebraska Press, 2009).
- “Producing Citizens, Reproducing the ‘French Race’: Immigration, Demography, and Pronatalism in Early Twentieth-Century France,” Gender and History, Vol. 13, no. 3 (Fall 2001): 593-621. Reprinted in Kathleen Canning and Sonya O. Rose (eds.), Gender, Citizenship, and Subjectivities (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2002): pp. 167-95; and Antoinette Burton and Tony Ballantyne (eds.), Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004): 219-33.
- “Intermarriage, Independent Nationality, and the Individual Rights of French Women: The Law of 10 August 1927,” French Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 17, nos. 3 and 4 (Summer/Fall 1999): 52-74. Reprinted in Herrick Chapman and Laura Frader (eds.), Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference (New York: Berghahn Books, 2004): 54-76.
- Book reviews in French Politics, Culture, and Society; Gender and History; Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History; Journal of Modern History; Law and History Review; Modern and Contemporary France; Social History.
Grants and Fellowships
- State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
- State of New York/United University Professions Drescher Award, 2005-06
- Binghamton University Dean’s Research Award, 2004
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2003
- Binghamton University Asian and Asian-American Studies Program Curriculum Development Grant, 2002
- American Historical Association Bernadotte E. Schmitt Research Grant, 2000
- National Italian-American Foundation Cornaro Fellowship, 1995
- Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, 1994-1995
- Chateaubriand French Government Fellow, 1994-1995