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History Faculty

Dr. Morag Martinmartin

Office: 321 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.5690


  • French History, Medical History, Gender 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

  • Chancellors Award in Teaching: 2013

  • Provost’s Post-Tenure Fellowship Award, 2013

  • Kutolowski Department of History Faculty Development Grant, 2013

  • Scholarly Incentive Award, SUNY Brockport, Fall 2006

  • Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program, Fall 2005

  • UUP Individual Development Award, SUNY Brockport, Summer 2003

  • Scholarly Incentive Award, SUNY Brockport, Summer 2003

  • 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

  • Women and Medicine
  • European Women
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • World War I
  • Modern World
  • French Revolution
  • Culture History of Drugs
  • History of Consumerism



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


  • “ ‘Augustine De Baralle, insensée, folle, charlatane…’: A female empiric’s struggle for medical recognition in Napoleonic France.” In Women, Gender and Disease in Eighteenth-Century England and France , edited by Kathleen Hardesty Doig and Felicia Sturzer.  Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2014. 

  • “Painting Artifice: Cosmetic Fashions and Portraiture in late eighteenth-century France and England.” In Fashion and Art, edited by Adam Geczy and Vicki Karaminas. London: Berg Press, 2012. 

  • "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

  • “Bons accoucheurs ou sages-femmes instruits: The debates over proper obstetrical education in the 19th century Pas de Calais” Society for French Historical Study, Montreal, April 2014

  • “Filles Sage-Femmes, Filles-Meres et Filles de la Charite: The Problem of Sexual Knowledge and Religious Morality in the Education of Midwives in Early 19th Century Gascony" Society for French Historical Study, Boston, MA, April 2013

  • “Pas suffisament instruites en methods: The education of rural midwives in South-West France," Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, Waterloo, Ontario, May 2012.

  • “’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 4/29/16


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

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


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).