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.Â 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.Â 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). Â 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 MisÃ©rables and crime and deviance.Â Graduate courses are devoted to broadly conceived courses in modern Europe and modern France. Â 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. Â 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.