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- 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.
- 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, April2000.
- “Entrepreneur ou Charlatan?Le commerce de cosmétiques, les brevets et la profession médicale en France, 1750-1830,” Pratiques historiques de l’innovationXVe-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.