Guests

Dr. Christine Adams

Christine Adams is a professor of history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland whose works include A Taste for Comfort and Status: A Bourgeois Family in Eighteenth-Century France and Poverty, Charity and Motherhood: Maternal Societies in Nineteenth-Century France

Quentin Adams

Quentin Adams is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Houston currently working on Early Modern England, Religious History and Religious Minorities, the Medieval Church and the Ottoman Empire. His forthcoming dissertation is tentatively titled: “Popular Laudianism? The Practice, Reception and Impact of English Arminianism in the Province of York, 1618-1640”

Dr. Tracy Adams

Tracy Adams is a professor of French literature at the University of Auckland, whose works include Violent passions: Managing love in the Old French verse romance, The Life and Afterlife of Isabeau of Bavaria, and Christine de Pizan and the fight for France. Today we are discussing a book these two sister scholars wrote together: The Creation of the French Royal Mistress: From Agnès Sorel to Madame DuBarry.

Dr. Kaylee Alexander

Kaylee Alexander earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, having defended her dissertation, “In Perpetuity: Funerary Monuments, Consumerism and Social Reform in Paris (1804–1924),” in February of 2021. Specializing primarily in nineteenth-century visual culture, Kaylee’s research interests include funerary material culture and the cultural economics of death and burial in France and the United States. Her dissertation used a data-driven approach to investigate the emergence of a popular market for funerary monuments following Napoleon’s burial reforms of 1804. Kaylee received a B.A. in Art History cum laude from New York University in 2013, and an M.A. in the History of Art and Architecture from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU in 2015. She currently serves on the board of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art and is an editorial board member for the Collective for Radical Death Studies’ blog. More information about Kaylee’s research can be found on her website, and you can also follow her on Twitter.

Dr. Joseph Bohling

Joseph Bohling is an assistant professor of history at Portland State University and is the author of The Sober Revolution: Appellation Wine and the Transformation of France (Cornell, 2018). He is currently at work on a book about the politics of energy, economic growth, and climate change in postwar France.

Other publications include:

“Colonial or Continental Power? The Debate over Economic Expansion in Interwar France, 1925-1932,” Contemporary European History 26.2 (May 2017): 217-41.

“The Mendès France Milk Regime: Alcoholism as a Problem of Agricultural Subsidies, 1954-1955,” French Politics, Culture, and Society 32.3 (Winter 2014): 97-120.

“ ‘Drink Better, But Less’: The Rise of France’s Appellation Wine System in the European Community, 1946-1976,” French Historical Studies 37.3 (Summer 2014): 501-30.

Bohling’s shorter essays and reviews may be found in AddictionsAsian Review of World HistoriesEnterprise and SocietyFood and FoodwaysFrench Politics, Culture, and SocietyH-France; History: Reviews of New BooksPortland Monthly; and The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs.

Dr. Robert Buzzanco

Since graduating from Ohio State University Robert Buzzanco has written or edited three books on the Vietnam War and the American homefront. During this period his book Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era was published by Cambridge University Press and won the Stuart L. Bernath prize awarded by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations. The companion book Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life is another fantastic work and one of the best books available on the American homefront during this period.

He currently hosts his own podcast the Red and Green Podcast for “scrappy radicals, environmentalists, anti-capitalists, people tired of this system, and anyone who’s angry about anything going on in politics and the economy.”

Dr. Tom Chaffin

Tom Chaffin is the author, most recently, of “Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations (St. Matin’s Press, 2019). Chaffin’s earlier books include Pathfinder: John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire and Sea of Gray: The Around-The-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah, and Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary. The author was born and grew up in Atlanta and spent his early professional years in journalism, living in, among other places, Savannah, New York City, San Francisco, and Paris. He holds a B.A. (1977) in English from Georgia State University, an M.A. (1982) in American Studies from New York University, and a Ph.D. in history from Emory University. Chaffin has taught U.S. history and writing at Emory and other universities, and his articles, reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Time, Harper’s, The Nation, the Oxford American, and other publications. In 2012, he was a Fulbright fellow in Ireland. Chaffin lives in Atlanta.

Dr. James E. Connolly

Dr James E. Connolly is Lecturer in Modern French History at University College London.  He received his PhD in History from King’s College London in 2013.  His research considers military occupations in modern Europe, especially the experience and perspective of the French.  His wider research interests include the social and cultural history of war, occupier-occupied relations, local and national identity, and the First World War.  He teaches modern European and modern French history at UCL, and has previously worked at the University of Manchester, the Sorbonne, King’s College London, and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Most of his publications have focused on the German occupation of northern France in the First World War, considering in particular French behaviours under occupation.  He has published a number of journal and encyclopaedia articles on this topic, and his first book was published by Manchester University Press in May 2018.  It is entitled The Experience of Occupation in the Nord, 1914-1918: Living with the Enemy in First World War France and can be downloaded for free via Open Access.  This book received the ‘Honorable Mention’ (second-place) award for the 2019 inaugural Eugen Weber Book Award, given by the Department of History at UCLA for the best book on modern French history (post-1815) published internationally in English or French in 2017 or 2018.  It was also shortlisted for the 2018 Franco-British Society Book Prize.

Dr Connolly further co-edited, alongside Emmanuel Debruyne, Élise Julien, and Matthias Merlaien, the book En territoire ennemi: Expériences d’occupation, transferts, héritages (1914-1949) (Lille: Presses universitaires du Septentrion, 2018).  He has also written a chapter about British adoptions of French towns after the First World War, published in the recent (May 2020) German edited collection Städtepartnerschaften in Europa im 20. Jahrhundert (Town Twinnings in Europe in the 20th century).  His new project examines the French occupation of the Rhineland in the inter-war period.

Dr. Annabelle Dolidon

Annabelle Dolidon received her Ph.D. from UC Davis in 20th-and- 21st century French and Francophone literature, with a designated emphasis in Feminist and Critical Theory. She received her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in French Studies. Dr. Dolidon specializes in post-WWII novels, and has interests in Film Studies and language pedagogy.

Her recent projects focused on contemporary French science fiction, analyzing social structures, utopia and ecocritical aspects of novels and short stories. She still reads and teaches science fiction but her research now takes her to the world of contemporary French comics.

Mike Duncan

Mike Duncan is one of the most influential and popular history podcasters in the world. His smash-hit series The History of Rome, which ran from 2007-2012, traced the history of the Eternal City from its founding until its fall in 476. After finishing the show he released the book The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic, which became an international bestseller. He currently is finishing his second podcast series Revolutions, with each season covering a different historical revolution. His new book and the subject of today’s episode is Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution, which debuted in the top 5 of the New York Times and Amazon.com’s non-fiction bestseller lists.

Arazoo Ferozan

Arazoo Ferozan is a Ph.D candidate at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Her work focuses on Mediterranean cross-cultural mercantile networks in the early modern period. Her most recent presentations have focused on the city of Marseille as a nodal point for economic and cultural connections.

Dr. Sarah Fishman

After graduating from Harvard University, Dr. Fishman went to France where she interviewed wives of French prisoners of war for her first book We Will Wait: Wives of French Prisoners of War 1940 to 1945. From her position at the University of Houston she transitioned to studying juvenile delinquency under Vichy for her 2002 book The Battle for Children: World War Two Youth, Crime and Juvenile Justice in Twentieth Century France. Her most recent work From Vichy to the Sexual Revolution: Gender, Marriage and Family in France 1945 to 1965 moves beyond Vichy and examines how women and children’s lives changed after liberation. I could spend an hour just reading through her CV. So for now I’ll just say she’s very accomplished. In addition to her prolific work on modern French women she co-authored the book France and Its Empire Since 1870 with Alice Conklin and Robert Zaretsky, two major figures in modern French studies.

David A. Foulk

David A. Foulk received his licence & masters from Bordeaux Montaigne before pursuing a DPhil at Oxford University. He currently studies the economic aspect of the French Resistance during WW2 & has won numerous awards for his research, including from the Royal Historical Society. 

The impact of the “economy of history”: The example of battlefield tourism in FranceMondes du tourisme, 2016 

Leland Renato Grigoli

Grigoli is a medievalist scholar who received his A.L.B. from Harvard and M.A. from Brown University, where he is completing a Ph.D on Cistercian colonialism in 12th-14th century Champagne, Occitania and Catalunya. He has published multiple articles, given numerous talks and is a noted scholar of Western medieval Christianity. 

Sophie Higgerson

Sophie Higgerson is a PhD student in the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. Her research focuses primarily on the architecture and urbanism of French and German border spaces, socio-political identity in aesthetic movements, and critical heritage studies. She has previously held internships at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg and the Library of Congress, where she catalogued the library’s collection of 18th century French legal documents and researched the enforcement of the salt tax in pre-Revolutionary France.

Patrick Higgins

Patrick Higgins is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Houston. He is working on a history of US imperialism in West Asia (“the Middle East”) as told primarily by those who struggled against it in the movement to liberate Palestine from colonialism and military occupation. This dissertation project focuses on Palestinian and Arab revolutionary perceptions of US imperialism in the Arab world from the 1950s to the early 1970s, and how those perceptions shaped theory and strategy around the Palestinian cause. To address these questions, the project explores the ideas and activities of the Palestine Communist Party, the Nasserists, the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, and the constituent parties of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) between 1947 and the early 1980s. It specifically highlights these organizations’ debates regarding the regional role of the United States spanning from the United Nations’ partition of Palestine to the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

His broader interests include colonialism and imperialism in West Asia, Arab republicanism and socialism, and internationalist practice and solidarity in Arab revolutionary movements. Additionally, he seeks to trace the impact of the diverse currents within Arab revolutions on broader traditions of anti-imperialist thought, such as dependency theory, world-systems theory, and Third Worldist Marxism. He holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Wayne State University. He has shared his work as a Fellow at the 2019 Middle East Political Economy Summer Institute.

Dr. Ethan Katz

Professor Katz is an Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book was The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France published by Harvard University Press in 2015.

New in French translation: Juifs et musulmans en France: le poids de la fraternité

Website: www.ethankatz.net

Emma Kavanagh

Emma is a doctoral candidate in Musicology at the University of Oxford, where she is the inaugural Louis Curran scholar at Linacre College. She holds a BA from the University of Cambridge, and an MA from the University of Nottingham. Emma’s research interests focus on opera and musical culture in France in the long nineteenth century. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis, “Masculinity and the Other in French Belle Époque Opera, 1870-1914”. Emma has a recent chapter published in “The East, The West, The In-Between in Music” from the Münchner Veröffentlichungen zur Musikgeschichte. She has won awards such as the European Regional Prize in the Music, Theatre and Film category at The Global Undergraduate Awards, the University of Nottingham’s Bernard Slee Prize, and a Thomas Lincare Studentship.

Aaron Kestle

Aaron Kestle is a Ph.D. candidate in his fifth year in the Yale University French Department. He is currently preparing a dissertation examining the marvelous in medieval Arthurian literature, specifically in the Huth Merlin or the Roman de Merlin and the Post Vulgate Suite. His work centers around the figure of Merlin, both the evolution of the literary character and his representation in late twelfth and early thirteenth century French romance. His interests also incorporate a broad spectrum of medieval language and literature, including but not limited to Insular Latin sources for Arthurian lore, such as Geoffrey of Monmouth, and Middle Welsh romance. Today, he has prepared a short overview of early Arthurian literature and historical sources, exploring the frequent literary exchanges between the continent and the British Isles that are characteristic of the genre.

Dr. Catherine Kudlick

After two decades at the University of California, Davis, Catherine Kudlick became Professor of History and Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University in 2012. She has published a number of books and articles in disability history, including Reflections: the Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Postrevolutionary France and “Disability History: Why We Need Another Other” in the American Historical Review. She oversaw completion of Paul Longmore’s posthumously published book, Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity and co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Disability History with Michael Rembis and Kim Nielsen. As director of the Longmore Institute, she directed the public history exhibit “Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights” and co-hosts Superfest International Disability Film Festival. Her current work blends research and advocacy in the service of public history where the major goal is pursuing the Longmore Institute’s mission to convince the world that society is better because of disabled people.

Michael J. LaMonica

Michael LaMonica is a doctoral student at McGill University specialising in French Atlantic history. Specifically, his research focuses on the intersection of law, commerce, and empire in the 17th and 18th-century Atlantic world. He had previously worked as an attorney and is the author of two books: the French Revolutions for Beginners and the First Amendment for Beginners. His dissertation examines the workings of the admiralty courts in the French colonies and how these courts aided in the construction of trans-Atlantic legal space.

Ainan Liu

Ainan is a PhD candidate from the French and Italian Department at Princeton University. His research interest lies in French theater in the early modern period. His current work focuses on 17th century playwright Jean Racine’s tragedies, in particular the reinvention of his classical sources.

Iain MacGregor

As an editor and publisher of nonfiction, Iain MacGregor has over twenty-five years’ experience of working with authors such as Bruce Springsteen, Simon Schama, David Grann, Bob Wioodward and Max Hastings, to name but a very few. He is currently a publisher for the Hachette Publishing – one of France’s biggest media groups. His book A cycling fanatic, Iain is also the author of To Hell on a Bike-Riding Paris-Roubaix, The Toughest Race in Cycling. His book Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth released to critical acclaim. 

Taylor Marrow

Taylor Marrow was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey and attended some of the best public schools in the nation which gave him an appreciation for education. He then attended Indiana University Bloomington and earned a B.A. with a double major in History and telecommunications. He then acquired an M.A. in history from Ball State where he specialized in 20th century U.S. history and a minor in interwar Europe. In fall 2004 his first book was published Reconciling the Past: A Brief History of Race Relations in Muncie, Indiana. Since then he has consistently worked on the history of race relations in the United States. Aside from academics, Taylor has lived an incredible life traveling around the country with a band, bartending, managing a restaurant and leading brown bags at Chemeketa Community College where he hosts conversations on social issues.

Matthew McDonald

Matthew McDonald is a PhD candidate in European History at Princeton University. He is a scholar of the history of the French language, with a particular interest in how European elites spoke French in countries like Germany, Sweden, and Russia during the Old Regime. You can find out more about his project and his recent publications by visiting his web page hosted by the Princeton University Department of History. 

Dr. Rachel Mesch

Dr. Rachel Mesch received her BA from Yale College (1993), her MA from Columbia University (1995), and her Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania (2000). She specializes in 18th-20 century French gender studies and women writers. She has published three books: The Hysteric’s Revenge: French Women Writers at the Fin de Siècle (2006), Having it All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women Writers Invented the Modern Woman (2013), and Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Ninteenth-Century France (2020). 

Sarah Miles

Sarah K. Miles is a graduate student in history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her dissertation examines radical leftist networks in the francophone Atlantic world, focusing in particular on France, Quebec, Algeria, and the francophone Caribbean. She is interested in the role of publications and intellectuals in fostering transnational solidarity between revolutionary organizations in the late twentieth century.

Dr. Chris Millington

Dr. Millington is a Reader in Modern European History at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is the author of five books on twentieth-century France, notably Fighting for France: Violence in Interwar French Politics (2018) and A History of Fascism in France (2019). His sixth book, Massacre à Clichy, is the first to investigate the antifascist Clichy riot of March 1937; it will be published in French in 2021. He is currently working on terrorism in interwar and wartime France.

Dr. Robin Mitchell

Dr. Robin Mitchell is an assistant professor of history at California State University Channel Islands. She received her M.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D from UC Berkeley. Her book Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2020 to critical acclaim. The book explores how black women reflected and embodied colonial French anxieties from the late Ancién Regime into the 19th century.

Keira Morgan

When Keira was five, her grandmother gave her a book about England’s queens, which started a lifelong fascination. She went on to complete her B.A. in History and English and an M.A. in History, at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. She spent the next few decades working in a number of professions, all while writing historical fiction.

Now a retiree, she is pursuing her writing dream full-time. Since 2019, she’s published three articles in local expat newsletters and a short story in an anthology. While searching for an agent for her first novel, she is writing a second, also set in Renaissance France. She also writes non-fiction biographies for her website Keira Morgan — Renaissance Fiction Writer, which she plans to collect in a book about Women of the French Renaissance

Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie on her new book: Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture, which explores the life and world of Catherine Dior. Justine Picardie is the former features director of British Vogue, editor of the Observer magazine and has worked as a fashion columnist for Harper’s Bazaar and the Times of London. She is also an award-winning author of books such as If The Spirit Moves YouMy Mother’s Wedding Dress: The Life and Afterlife of Clothes, and Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, among others

Robert Pike

Robert Pike is currently a PhD student at Cardiff University. He graduated from the University of Exeter, where he studied History and French, in 1998. His doctoral research is entitled ‘An Interdisciplinary Approach to Rural Resistance in Nazi-Occupied France’.

He is also author of two books about occupied France. The first of these, Defying Vichy: Blood, Fear and French Resistance, tells the story of the origins of the Resistance in the Dordogne. It was described by Robert Gildea as “Pacey and engaging, […] a fascinating contribution to the field.” His second book, Silent Village: Life and Death in Occupied France, is about the village of Oradour-sur-Glane before, during and after the infamous massacre that took place on 10 June 1944. It is, according to Rod Kedward, “one of the most astonishing achievements in the historiography of Occupied France […], a triumph of detailed research and historical insight and empathy”

Robert taught both French and History for a decade in secondary schools and co-authored many commercially available courses for learners of the French language, including Oxford University Press’ successful A-level French course.

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Lauren Quigley

Lauren Quigley is a PhD candidate in French Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland. Her project consists of an interdisciplinary study in French Studies and Architecture entitled ‘Parisian Poiesis: Architecture and the Aesthetics of Contemporary French Poetry’. The thesis explores the relationship between aesthetics, architecture, and form in the poetry of Jacques Réda, Jacques Roubaud and Michel Houellebecq. On a broader scale, her research interests lie in poetry (from nineteenth-century to contemporary works), the intersection of literature and architecture, the city of Paris, aesthetics, architectural history, urbanism, mobilites, and visual culture, especially street art.


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Lyz Renshaw

Lyz is a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan Technological University studying rhetoric theory and culture with a focus on media studies particularly narrative, narratology, feminism and video game theory.

Dr. Tara Sewell-Lasater

Tara Sewell-Lasater graduated from the University of Houston in 2020 with a PhD in History. Her research focuses on Hellenistic Egypt, numismatics, and gender, specifically exploring the roles open to royal women in Ptolemaic Egypt and the expressions of female power on coinage. Her dissertation “Becoming Kleopatra: Ptolemaic Royal Marriage, Incest, and the Path to Female Rule,” provides the first overarching and comparative study of Hellenistic Egyptian queens, from the origins of the dynasty to the final ruler, Kleopatra VII. She hopes to turn her dissertation into a book and has two articles forthcoming on Ptolemaic queenship:

 

“A Die Study of the Gold and Silver Coinage of Berenike II, with Numismatic and Historical Commentary,” Revue Numismatique, Forthcoming 2020.

 

 “Arsinoë II and Berenike II: Ptolemaic Vanguards of Queenly Political Power.” In Women in Ancient Egypt: Current Research and Historical Trends, edited by Mariam Ayad. The American University in Cairo Press, Forthcoming 2020/2021.

 

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Dr. Steve Shone

Steve J. Shone received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Riverside in 1992. He has taught at a number of colleges, including Winona State University, Gonzaga University, and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. He is the author of Lysander Spooner: American Anarchist and American Anarchism. He was a contributor to The SAGE Handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. His new book, Women of Liberty is a study of the ideas of ten radical, feminist, and anarchist thinkers: Tennie C. Claflin, Noe Itō, Louise Michel, Rose Pesotta, Margaret Sanger, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mollie Steimer, Lois Waisbrooker, Mercy Otis Warren, and Victoria C. Woodhull.

Jo Teeuwisse aka 'The Fake History Hunter

After a career in film & television Jo realised her passion lay elsewhere, shut down her company and became a full time historian specialised in daily life in medieval and 1920s-1940s Europe. She spent the last 2 decades doing research for museums, authors, documentaries, tv drama, movies and has worked in several museums as an educator, exhibit creator and more. Today she runs the popular Fake History Hunter website which exposes fake history online.

Darah Vann Orr

Darah Vann Orr is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston, studying Women, Gender, and Sexuality of the Early Roman Empire. Her dissertation in progress, ‘Rape and Imperialism: Rome’s Violent Conquest of Land and Bodies,’ seeks to explain how the Romans associated sexual violence with warfare. She recently gave a talk for the University of Houston’s Ancient World Research Group titled ‘Myths, Memes, and #Metoo’ where she discussed some of the theoretical background of her dissertation project, explaining how Roman myths and history can be analyzed by using the ideas from the #metoo movement.

Dr. Cameron Zinsou

Dr. Cameron Zinsou received his Ph.D from Mississippi State University and is currently teaching at High Point University. His dissertation, “Occupied: The Civilian Experience in Montélimar, 1939-1945,” received the Allan R. Millet Dissertation Research Fellowship in 2017 from the Society for Military History. His article “The Forgotten Story of Operation Anvil” appeared in The New York Times.