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History Faculty

Dr. Morag Martinmartin

Office: 321 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.5690


  • Early Modern Europe, French History


  • Phd University of California, Irvine, August 1999
    Dissertation: “Consuming Beauty: The Commerce of Cosmetics in France, 1750-1800”
  • BA Bates College, Maine, 1991, Magna cum laude
    University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1989-90

Awards and Honors

  • Leverhulme Special Research Fellow, University of Warwick, 2001-2.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Warwick, 1999.
  • Ardiste and Harold Ladin Fellowship in History, UC Irvine, 1998.
  • Humanities Summer Dissertation Writing Grant, UC Irvine, 1996.
  • Humanities Graduate Student Teaching Award, UC Irvine, 1996. 

Courses Taught

  • Early Modern Europe
  • Modern European History
  • Modern World History
  • Comparitive Imperialism
  • French Revolution
  • Culture History of Drugs
  • History of Consumerism



  • Selling Beauty: Cosmetics, Commerce, and French Society: 1750-1830, Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming 2009.


  • "Doctoring Beauty: The Medical Control of Women's Cosmetics in France, 1750-1810," in Medical History (July 2005)
  • "Casanova e Mlle. Clarion: Pintando o Rosto em um Mundo de Moda Natural," in Fashion Theory: A Revista da Moda, Corpo e Cultura, edição brasileira (2003).
  • "Entrepreneur or charlatan? The commerce of cosmetics, patents and the medical profession in France 1750-1830" in Les chemins de la nouveauté: innover, inventer au regard de l'histoire, eds. Liliane Hilaire-Pérez and Anne-Françoise Garçon (Paris: Éditions du CTHS, 2003).
  • "Casanova and Mlle. Clarion: Painting the Face in a World of Natural Fashion," Fashion Theory Journal (April 2003).
  • Personal Services Entry, Oxford Economic History Encyclopedia (April 2003).
  • Cosmetics Entry, Oxford Economic History Encyclopedia (April 2003).
  • “Il n’y à que Maille qui m’aille: Advertisements and the Development of Consumerism in Eighteenth-Century France,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Vol. 23 (1996): 114-121.
  • Book review: Liliane Hilaire Perez, L'invention Technique au siecle des Lumieres, in Economic History Review (Fall 2002).
  • Book review: Vincent Barras, Micheline Louis-Courvoisier (eds.), La Medecine des lumieres: Tout autour de Tissot, in Medical History (October 2002).
  • Book review: Mary Lynn Stewart, For Health and Beauty: Physical Culture for Frenchwomen, 1880's-1930's in Medical History, April 2003.
  • Book review: Patrice Higonnet, Goodness Beyond Virtue, in The Times Higher Education Supplement (August 25,2000).
  • Book review: Daniel Roche, A History of Everyday Things, in Economic History Review (August 2000), Vol. 53:3. 
  • Book review: Michael Kwass, Privilege and the Politics of Taxation in 18th-century France, in Economic History Review (May 2001), Vol. 24:2.

 Conferences and Presentations

  • “’Augustine De Baralle, insensée, folle, charlatane…’: A female empiric’s struggle for medical recognition in Napoleonic France," Western Society for French Studies Conference, Quebec, November 2008.
  •  “Bald by Nature: Girodet and the Quest for a Masculine Ideal of Beauty,” Western Society for French Studies Conference, Long Beach, October 2006.
  •  "Domestic Harems: Images of the Orient in Cosmetic Advertisements, 1750-1815," Western Society for French Studies Conference, Newport Beach, October 2003.
  • "Natural and Pure Fashions: The Politics of Advertising Luxury in France 1760-1800,"
    International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Los Angeles, August 2003.
  • "La publicité inventée: la création de remèdes publics dans les archives médicales (1750-1815)," Les archives de l'invention. Ecrits, objets et images de l'activité inventive, des origins a nos jours, Centre National des Arts et Metiers, Paris, May 2003.
  • Doctoring Beauty: The Medical Control of Women's Toilettes in France, 1750-
    1810," Oxford Wellcome Unit Medicine and Culture Seminar, Oxford, July 2002.
  • "Mlle Clarion's Wrinkles: Facing the Mirror in an Age of Natural Beauty, " NYSAEH meeting, Canisius College, September 21, 2002.
  • "Doctoring Beauty: The Medical Control of Women's Toilettes in France, 1750-1810," Oxford Wellcome Unit Medicine and Culture Seminar, Oxford, June 10, 2002.
  • "A Taste for Rouge: The Demise of Cosmetics and the Ascendancy of the Natural in Late Eighteenth-Century France" American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Colorado Springs, April 2002.
  • "The Great Masculine Renunciation: Coming to Terms with Male Hair Loss in France, 1770-1830," Leeds University Eighteenth-Century Group Seminar, Leeds, January 24, 2002.
  • “Erasing the Other: Depictions of the Orient in French Luxury Advertisements 1750-1830,” Society for the Study of French History Conference, Sheffield, April 2000.
  • “Entrepreneur ou Charlatan? Le commerce de cosmétiques, les brevets et la profession médicale en France, 1750-1830,” Pratiques historiques de l’innovation XVe-XXe siècle, CNAM, Paris, March 20, 2000. 
  • “Towards a Theory of Taste: Cosmetics and their Critics in Eighteenth Century France,” Social and Economic History of Early Modern Britain Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, London, February 18, 2000.





Last Updated 7/31/14


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The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.