Katie Jarvis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and is a historian of early and late modern France. Her research focuses on popular politics, broadly conceived, during the French Revolution. She is especially interested in the intersection of social and cultural history, as well as gender history. She teaches courses on French and European history from the seventeenth century to the present.
Jarvis’s most recent book, Politics in the Marketplace: Work, Gender, and Citizenship in Revolutionary France (Oxford University Press, 2019), integrates politics, economics, and gender to ask how Parisian market women invented notions of citizenship through everyday trade during the French Revolution. While analyzing how the Dames des Halles and marketplace actors shaped nascent democracy and capitalism, this book challenges the interpretation that revolutionary citizenship was inherently masculine from the outset.
Jarvis is currently working on a book project entitled Democratizing Forgiveness: Reconciling Citizens in Revolutionary France. This study probes how the French revolutionaries refashioned forgiveness through economic, judicial, and cultural venues from 1789 to 1802. Jarvis has published in the Journal of Social History, French Historical Studies, La Révolution française, and Annales historiques de la Révolution française. She has also co-edited a special issue of Genre & Histoire. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Association, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation/Council for European Studies, and the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique, the Nanovic Institute, and the Kellogg Institute.
Select Courses: From Humors to Hysteria: Human and Political Bodies in European History, 1517-1918; The French Revolution and Napoleon; Old Regime France; Modern France (USEM)
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