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Assoc Professor of History
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor of History
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor of History
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

 

Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

Research Interests:

Victoria E. Thompson received her Ph.D. in French history in 1993 from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work combines cultural and social history approaches, focusing on the interplay between representation and experience. Her research has focused primarily on France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and particularly Paris.  However, she has also published on colonial Algiers and on British travelers in revolutionary Paris. Her research interests include the history of urban space, travel and travel writing, the history of women, gender and sexuality, political culture, and the role of emotion in the formation of collective and individual identites.  She is the author of The Virtuous Marketplace: Women and Men, Money and Politics in Paris, 1830-1870 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000) and, with Rachel G. Fuchs, Women in European History (Palgrave MacMillan, 2004).  She has recently published articles on colonial Algeria, British travelers in revolutionary Paris, Parisian travel guides and urban monuments.  She is currently completing a  monograph entitled, Inventing Public Space in Paris, 1748-1792.  She is also editor of volume 5 of The Cultural History of Work, focusing on the period 1800-1920 and is writing a book on European countercultures.

Teaching Interests:

 

Victoria Thompson has taught a variety of courses, both online and onground, on European and French history and on cultural history.  Undergraduate courses include courses on European Women's History, the History of Sexuality, French Imperialism, the French Revolution, European travel and European counter-cultures. On the graduate level she has developed courses on European Cultural History, History & Memory and Space & Place.

Professional Service Activities

Victoria Thompson has served in leadership positions as President of the Society for French Historical Studies, and as Co-Chair of the Advanced Placement European History Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee. She has served on prize committees for the American Historical Association and the Society for French Historical Studies, on the editorial board of French Historical Studies and on selection committees for the Fulbright Fellowshiop and the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC).

 

Publications

 

  • “An Alarming Lack of Feeling: Urban Travel, Emotions, and British National Character in Post-Revolutionary Paris,” Special Issue on Emotions and the City, Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine 42:2 (2014): 8-17.
  • "The Creation, Destruction and Re-creation of Henri IV: Seeing PopularSovereignty in the Statue of a King," History and Memory Vol. 24, No.2 (Fall/Winter 2012), 5-40. Awarded 2012 Koren Prize Honorable Mention for best article by the Society for French Historical Studies.
  • “Foreign Bodies: British Travel to Paris and the Troubled National Self,” Studies in Travel Writing 15:3 (September 2011): 243-265
  • “Knowing Paris: Urban Guidebooks and the Enlightenment City,” Journal of Urban History 37:1 (January 2011): 28-42.
  • “Biographers of Paris: Cultural Approaches to the Modern City,” in French Politics, Culture and Society 28:2 (Summer 2010), pp. 118-133.
  • “Writing within the Crisis: Meditations on the Edge of a Cliff,” Cultural and Social History 6:1 (March 2009): 87-95.
  • “Boulevard Dreams: Paris and the Myths of Modernity,” in Journal of Urban History 33 (May 2007): 663-669.
  • “’I went pale with pleasure:’ The Body, Sexuality, and National Identity among French Travelers to Algiers in the Nineteenth Century,” in Patricia Lorcin, ed., Algeria and France 1800-2000: Identity, Memory, Nostalgia (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2006): 18-32. 
  • “L’ histoire du genre: Trentes ans de recherches des historiennes américaines dela  France,”  Cahiers d’histoire: Revue d’histoire critique 96-7 (Oct-Dec 2005): 41-62.
  • Women in Nineteenth-Century Europe, co-author with Rachel Fuchs, Houndsmills, UK: PalgraveMacmillan, 2004.
  • “Telling ‘Spatial Stories’: Urban Space and Bourgeois Identity in Early Nineteenth-Century Paris, The Journal of Modern History 75:3 (September 2003): 523-556. 
  • The Virtuous Marketplace: Women and Men, Money and Politics in Paris, 1830-1870.  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000
  • “Sexuality: Another Useful Category of Analysis,” Journal of Women’s History, 9:4 (Winter 1998): 211-219
  • “Urban Renovation, Moral Regeneration: Domesticating the Halles in Second-Empire Paris,” French Historical Studies 20:1 (Winter 1997): 177-223  
  • “Creating Boundaries: Homosexuality and the Changing Social Order in France, 1830-1870,” in Jeffrey Merrick and Bryant Ragan, eds, Homosexuality in Modern France (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996): 102-127. Reprinted in Joan W. Scott, ed., Feminism and History (London: Oxford University Press, 1996): 398-428.
  • Splendeurs et misères des journalistes: Female Imagery and the Commercialization of Journalism in July-Monarchy France,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History: Twenty-Third Annual Conference, Las Vegas, 1995 (1996) 
  • “The Creation of a ‘Loyal Opposition’ in France: La Presse and the Legislative Elections of 1857,” in Proceedings of the Western Society for French History Eighteenth Annual Conference, Santa Barbara, 1990 (1991)

 

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 591Seminar
HST 790Reading and Conference
HST 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
HST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 598Special Topics
HST 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
HST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 792Research
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 494Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 590Reading and Conference
HST 599Thesis
HST 790Reading and Conference
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
HST 590Reading and Conference
HST 591Seminar
HST 599Thesis
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 304Studies in European History
HST 427French Revolut/Napoleonic Era
HST 790Reading and Conference
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 364Sex & Society in Mod Europe
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 591Seminar
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards

Recent Awards and Fellowships

Fellow, Provost’s Humanities Fellows Academy, Arizona State University, 2015

Fellow, Institute for Humanities Research, for theme “Affect and Reason,” Arizona State University, 2014-2015

Society for French Historical Studies Koren Prize Honorable Mention for best article published in 2012 for “The Creation, Destruction, and Recreation of  Henri IV: Seeing Popular Sovereignty in the State of a King,” in History & Memory, awarded April 2013.

Wilcox Faculty Research Award, School for Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, awarded September 2012.

Professional Associations
American Historical Association Society for French Historical Studies
Service

 

Select Service Appointments Include: 

SHPRS Personnel committee, ASU, 2016-2019

Member, Discovery France Advisory Committee, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 2016-2017

Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Humanities Research, ASU, 2015-2016

Member, CLAS Quality of Instruction Committee, ASU,  2014-2016

Co-Chair, Advanced Placement (AP®) European History Test Development Committee, The College Board, 2013-2016

Graduate Committee, SHPRS, ASU, 2013-2016 

Head of History Faculty, SHPRS, ASU 2014-2015

Co-Chair, Advanced Placement (AP®) European History Curriculum Development & Assessment Committee, The College Board, 2010-2013; Committee Member 2008-2010

Executive Board Member, Faculty Women’s Association, 2009-2012; 2013-14

Director of Graduate Studies for History, SHPRS, ASU, 2010-2012

Social Science Research Council, Selection Committee for the International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program, 2009-2011

President, Society for French Historical Studies, 2009-2010

Quiz Master, State Finals, Arizona Academic Decathlon, March 2010

Faculty Women’s Association Leadership Project, ASU, Spring 2008

Editorial Board, French Historical Studies, 2004-2007

Graduate Council, ASU, 2004-2008

Carnegie Initiative Committee, History Department, ASU, 2003-2005

Governing Council, The Western Society for French History, 2000 –2003

 

 

 

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