Denise DavidsonProfessor, and Humanities Research Center Director History
PhD, History, University of Pennsylvania
MA, History, University of Maryland
BA, History, Rutgers University
Denise Davidson specializes in modern Europe with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century France. Her first book, France After Revolution, was published by Harvard University Press in 2007. In 2011 she published a co-authored book in French titled Le Roman Conjugal. More recently, she published an article in French Historical Studies (2019) entitled "The New (Emotional) Regime: Bourgeois Reactions to the Turmoil of 1814-1814." She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Surviving Revolution: Bourgeois Families in France, 1780-1830. Her graduate students have worked on a wide range of topics including early nineteenth-century Anglo-American representations of Islamic Spain, immigration in post-war France, French and Francophone African perceptions of the American Civil Rights Movement, and the life and public persona of Madame du Barry.
Dr. Davidson is also the founding director of the College of Arts and Sciences' Humanities Research Center (HRC), which was established in Fall 2017. For more information about the HRC and its programs please visit humanities.gsu.edu.
"The New (Emotional) Regime: Bourgeois Reactions to the Turmoil of 1814-1814," French Historical Studies Vol. 42, No. 4 (Oct. 2019): 595-621.
"Generational Conflict in Revolutionary France: Widows, Inheritance Practices, and the “Victory of Sons," co-authored with Anne Verjus, William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 70, No. 2 (Spring 2013): 399-424.
"'Happy' Marriages in Early Nineteenth-Century France," Journal of Family History Vol. 37 (Jan. 2012): 23-35.
Le Roman conjugal: Chroniques de la vie familiale à l'époque de la Révolution et de l'Empire, co-authored with Anne Verjus (Seyssel: Champ Vallon, 2011).
"L'identité sociale et politique au quotidien, 1789-1815," Annales historiques de la Révolution française No. 359 (January-March 2010): 161-80.
France after Revolution: Urban Life, Gender, and the New Social Order (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007).