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Biography

Professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Research Interests and Selected Publications

Rachel G. Fuchs is Distinguished Foundation Professor of History. She received her PhD in 1980 from Indiana University.  Her six books on French and European history include, Abandoned Children in Nineteenth-Century France (1984), Poor and Pregnant in Paris: Strategies for Survival in the Nineteenth Century (1992), Gender and the Politics of Social Reform in France, 1870 - 1914 (1995), Gender and Poverty in Nineteenth-Century Europe (2005) and Women in Nineteenth-Century Europe (2004) (with Victoria Thompson).

Her latest book, Contested Paternity: Constructing Families in Modern France was published in June 2008 by Johns Hopkins University Press.  She is currently writing a book on abortion and community in urban Paris, with a tentative title, The Angel Makers of Mission Street: Abortion and Community in Modern France. In addition she has several articles on seduction, family and kinship in nineteenth- and twentieth-century France. She is planning a future project dealing with family and property in France during the Occupation and Vichy regime (1940 - 1945).  Her fellowships include those from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Camargo Foundation.

Teaching Interests and Courses

During her career at Arizona State University since 1983, Professor Fuchs has taught a broad variety of many courses in French and European history. These include Women in Europe, Sex and Society in Modern Europe, Twentieth-Century Europe, aspects of French history,, such as France during WWII, and special topics on Les Misérables and crime and deviance.  Graduate courses are devoted to broadly conceived courses in modern Europe and modern France.  Most recently she has developed courses on London/Paris/Berlin in the 19th and 20th centuries, on sexuality in modern European history and another on France in W.W.II. She has chaired several PhD dissertation committees where students studied a variety of aspects of European history, ranging from female Freemasons, to women's civil society in Germany, to social hygiene, and to the creation and social use of green spaces during nineteenth-century Parisian urban renewal. She has the status of affiliate professor with Gender and Women's Studies, the School of International Letters and Cultures, and the program in Social Science and Health.

Professional Service Activities

Professor Fuchs has been President of the Society for French Historical Studies and is President of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association for 2008 - 2008. She has been Associate Editor and has served on the editorial board of French Historical Studies and has been a member of the editorial board and executive board of the Society for French Historical Studies.  She has served on national grant/fellowship review panels of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the ACLS, and Fulbright committees, and as a manuscript reviewer for numerous presses and professional journals. At Arizona State University, she has served as Associate Chair of the History Department for 4 years, as Undergraduate Director and as Interim Director of the Institute for Humanities Research.

Publications
  • Rachel G. Fuchs and Stephanie McBride-Schreiner. "Foundlings and Abandoned Children. In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Ed. Heather Montgomery. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/. doi:10.1093/OBO/9780199791231-0075 (2013).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs and Stephanie McBride-Schreiner. "Foundlings and Abandoned Children.". Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Ed. Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press, (2013) (2013).
  • . . Review of: Infection of the Innocents: Wet Nurses, Infants, and Syphilis in France, 1780-1900 (2013).
  • . . Review of: Henri de Rothschild, 1872 - 1947: Medicine and Theater (2012).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Introduction: Public Spaces and Private Lives in Paris. Journal of Urban History (2011).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Crossing Borders in Love,War, and History: French Families during World War II. Pacific Historical Review (2010).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G. Contested Paternity: Constructing Families in Modern France. (2010).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Paternity, Progeny and Property: Family Honor in the Late Nineteenth Century. Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle France (2010).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. The State. The Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Age of Empire (2010).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Crossing Borders in Love, War, and History: French Families during World War II. (2010).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Magistrates and Mothers, Paternity and Property in Nineteenth-Century French Courts. Crime, Histoire & Sociétés/Crime, History & Societies (2009).
  • . . Review of: Breadwinners and Citizens: Gender in the Making of the French Social Model (2009).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Response to H-France Forum on CONTESTED PATERNITY: CONSTRUCTING FAMILIES IN MODERN FRANCE. (2009).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G. Contested Paternity: Constructing Families in Modern France. (2008).
  • . . Review of: Growing Up in France: From the Ancien Régime to the Third Republic (2008).
  • . . Review of: The Family and the Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789 - 1830 (2008).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Family Dramas: Paternity, Divorce, and Adultery, 1917 - 1945. Views from the Margins: Creating Identities in Modern France (2008).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G. Population, control of. Encyclopedia of Europe (2007).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G. Poverty: Comparative History. Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (2007).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G. Welfare. Encyclopedia of Europe (2007).
  • . . Review of: Fathers, Families, and the State in France, 1914-1945 (2006).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G. Gender and Poverty in Nineteenth-Century Europe. (2005).
  • Rachel Fuchs. Introduction to the Forum on the Changing Faces of Parenthood. Journal of Family History (2004).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G, Thompson, Victoria E. Women in Nineteenth-Century Europe. (2004).
  • . . Review of: Childhood in the Promised Land: Working-Class Movements and the Colonies de Vacances in France, 1880 - 1960 (2004).
  • . . Review of: Creating the Welfare State in France, 1880 - 1940 (2004).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G (Author) . The Industrial Transformation of Europe, 1750 - 1850. Western Civilization, the Continuing Experiment (2004).
  • Rachel Fuchs. Recherche de paternité: 1900- 2000. Autrement (2003).
  • . . Review of: European Feminisms, 1700 - 1950 (2003).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G (Author) . Beneficenza privata e assistenza pubblica. Storia della famiglia in Europa il lungo Ottocento (2003).
  • . . Review of: A History of Rape: Sexual Violence in France from the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Century (2002).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G (Author) . Charity and Welfare. The History of The European Family (2002).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G (Author) ,Page Moch, Leslie (Author) . Pregnant, Single and Far from Home: Migrant Women in Nineteenth-Century Paris. European Women's History: A Reader (2001).
  • Rachel Fuchs. Seduction, Paternity, and the Law in Fin-de-Siecle France. Journal of Modern History (2000).
  • Fuchs, Rachel G. Poor and Pregnant in Paris: Strategies for Survival in the Nineteenth Century. (1992).
Research Activity
  • Fuchs,Rachel G*. PATERNITY AND THE FAMILY IN MODERN FRANCE. NEH(8/1/2002 - 7/31/2003).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 598Special Topics
HST 790Reading and Conference
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 498Pro-Seminar
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 498Pro-Seminar
HST 598Special Topics
Presentations
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. « Les faiseuses d’anges du quartier Notre-Dame des Champs: Communauté et réseaux personnels » ou « Est-il possible pour une historienne qui s’était spécialisée dans l’histoire de la longue durée d’être heureuse avec micro-histoire ? ». Invited lecture Université Paris I, Sorbonne, 14 June 2013 (Jun 2013).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. "Exploring Citizenship in Creative Ways: Gender, the Family and the Courts in Modern Paris.". conference on Gender in the European Town: Medieval to Modern. University of Southern Denmark, Odens (May 2013).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Gender and the Competition of Charity and Welfare in France and England. Conference on "The noble competition of charity" (Jun 2011).
  • Accampo, E., Koos, C., and Pedersen, J. Protest, Population, and Pregnancy: A Sepcial Session in Honor of Rachel G. Fuchs. Society for French Historical Studies (Apr 2011).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Gendered History across Epistemologies: Family History. Social Science History Association (Nov 2010).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Sex and the State: Regulating Sexuality in the Modern Era. Society for French Historical Studies (Apr 2010).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. The Angel Makers of Mission Street: Abortion and Community in 1870s Paris. Meeting of the Harvard-MIT-Boston French History Group (Oct 2009).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Perverse Politics: Sex and Race in French Far-Right Discourse: 1930 - 2004. Western Society for French History (Oct 2009).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Who's the Father? Kinship and Blood in Modern France. Wellesley College invited talk (Oct 2009).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Paternity, Property and Progeny in Modern France. Workshop on Kinship and Blood: Incorporation – Genealogy – Race – Genes under the auspices of the pr (Apr 2009).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Family Honor, Legal Justice, and Citizenship in Revolutionary and Third-Republic France. Society for French Historical Studies (Mar 2009).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Chair. Western Society for French History (Nov 2008).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Commentator. Society for French Historical Studies (Apr 2008).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. Magistrates, Mothers, Paternity and Property in French Law 1815 - 1912. Social Science History Association (Nov 2007).
  • Rachel G. Fuchs. The Angel Makers of Mission Street: Telling Stories. Western Society for French History (Nov 2007).
  • Fuchs, Rachel. "’If You Make the Child You Feed It:’ Paternal Responsibility in Nineteenth-Century France. Reproduction in the Nineteenth Century, Center for Humanities at Temple University (Feb 2007).
  • Fuchs, Rachel. Jews in France. Temple Beth Ami (Nov 2005).
  • Fuchs, Rachel. Paternity, Poverty, and the Satirical Press in France, 1890 -1914. (Apr 2004).
  • Fuchs, Rachel. Only Marriage Makes a Father:" Changing Concepts of Paternity in Modern France. (Nov 2000).
  • Fuchs, Rachel. Paternity, Property, and the Family in Modern France. 19th International Congress of Historical Sciences (Aug 2000).
  • Fuchs, Rachel. “Paternity, Progeny, Property: Masculine Honor and Denial of Paternity in the Third Republic. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, March 15 – 17, 2007
  • Fuchs, Rachel. Nationalism and Motherhood in Historical Perspective. NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers-"Motherhood and the Nation State in Western Societies"
Service
  • History Department, Faculty Advisor Phi Alpha Theta (2008 - Present)
  • Coordinating Council of Women in History, co-President (2013 - 2017)
  • Coordinating Council of Women in History, co-President (2012 - 2016)
  • Journal: FRENCH HISTORICAL STUDIES., Editor (2011 - 2015)
  • Society for French Historical Studies, Executive Council (2011 - 2014)
  • SHPRS Personnel Committee, member (2013 - 2014)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, Chair (2012 - 2014)
  • Journal: FRENCH HISTORICAL STUDIES., Editor (2011 - 2014)
  • Louisiana State University Press, Manuscript Refiewer (2012 - 2012)
  • Palgrave/Macmillan, Manuscript Reviewer (2012 - 2012)
  • Pacific Coast Brance/ American Historical Association, Member Executive Board (2009 - 2012)
  • PCEP --President's Community Enrichment Program, Presented 6 hours of lecture on my research (2011 - 2011)
  • Universit of Minnesota -- History Department, Reviewer for Full Professor (2011 - 2011)
  • Pennsylvania State University Press, Manuscript Reviewer (2011 - 2011)
  • Universit of Colorado -- Boulder History Department, Reviewer for Promotion and Tenure (2011 - 2011)
  • University Faculty Awards Committee, Committee Member (2011 - 2011)
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Burkhardt Fellowship Review Panel (2010 - 2011)
  • Cornell University Press, Book Manuscript Referee (2010 - 2010)
  • Deans' Advisory Council, Member (2008 - 2010)
  • Johns Hopkins University Press, Book Manuscript Referee (2010 - 2010)
  • Palgrave/Macmillan Press, Book Manuscript referee (2010 - 2010)
  • Faculty Women's Association, Presenter (2010 - 2010)
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Burkhardt Fellowship Review Panel (2009 - 2010)
  • Department of History, Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta Honorary Society (2008 - 2009)
  • Spirit of the Senses Phoenix, Presenter (2009 - 2009)
  • Salon, Spirit of the Senses, Featured Speaker (2009 - 2009)
  • Pacific Coast Brance/ American Historical Association, President (2008 - 2009)
  • Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association, President (2008 - 2009)
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Burkhardt Fellowship Review Panel (2008 - 2008)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee in History, Chair (2007 - 2008)
  • University of Illinois Press, Book manuscript referee (2008 - 2008)
  • French Historical Studies, Manuscript referee (2008 - 2008)
  • University of Louisiana Press, Book manuscript referee (2008 - 2008)
  • Pacific Coast Branch/American Historical Association, President Elect (2007 - 2008)
  • University of Massachusetts --Amherst, Outside reviewer for Promotion and Tenure (2008 - 2008)
  • Insititute of International Education, Fulbright Hays Grants, Grant/Fellowship Review Panel for Fellowships to France (2004 - 2007)
  • Palgrave/Macmillan Publishers, Book manuscript referee (2003 - 2007)
  • Screening Committee for Grants for Graduate Study, Institute for International Education, Furlbright-Hays Grants, Member (2004 - 2007)
  • President Michael Crowe's Academic Council, Member (2003 - 2007)
  • Cambridge University Press, Book manuscript referee (2006 - 2007)
  • Blackwell Publishers, Book manuscript referee (2006 - 2006)
  • French Historical Studies, Manuscript referee (2006 - 2006)
  • Executive Board, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, Member (2003 - 2006)
  • CLAS Institute for Humanities Research, INTERIM DIRECTOR (2005 - 2006)
  • Institute for Humanities Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Interim Director (2005 - 2006)
  • President Michael Crowe's Academic Council, Charter member (2003 - 2006)
  • History Festival, Department of History, Roundtable Discussant: Women's History, Gender and Human Rights (2005 - 2005)
  • NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES, PANEL FOR COLLABORATIVE GRANTS (2005 - 2005)
  • Collaborative Research Grants for Europe, National Endowment for the Humanities, Panel Review (2004 - 2005)
  • Search Committee for Director of Institute for Humanities Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Search Committee for Senior Hire in U.S. Women's History, Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Workshop on Department Etiquette for New Faculty. Faculty Development Program, Office of the Exec. VP and Provost, Participation (2004 - 2004)
  • UCLA Department of History, External evaluator for promotion (2004 - 2004)
  • Society for French Historical Studies, Executive Board (1999 - 2003)
  • Frontiers, Manuscript referee (2003)
  • Journal of Women's History, Manuscript referee (2003)
  • The Historian, Manuscript referee (2003)
  • External Evaluation Committee for History Deparatment at the Universith of Idaho, Member (2003 - 2003)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Review panel for Fellowships (2002 - 2002)
  • Search Committee, Chicana History, Member (2001 - 2002)
  • Dean's Advisory Council, Member (2000 - 2002)
  • Graduate Admissions Committee, Member (2000 - 2002)
  • Associate Department Chair (1998 - 2002)
  • Society for French Historical Studies, President (1999 - 2000)