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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


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"