Laura L. Frader

Professor of History
Associate Dean of Faculty, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Ph.D., University of Rochester 1978
Modern Europe, Gender Studies, Labor, France

227 Meserve Hall
T: (617) 373-4442

Dr. Frader specializes in French social and labor history and European women’s and gender history. and has written extensively on these topics. Her publications include Peasants and Protest: Agricultural Workers, Politics and Unions in the Aude, 1850-1914 (University of California Press, 1991); Gender and Class in Modern Europe (co-edited with Sonya O. Rose, Cornell University Press,1996), Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference (co-edited with Herrick Chapman, Berghahn, 2004); The Industrial Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2006); and Breadwinners and Citizens: Gender in the Making of the French Social Model (Duke University Press, 2008) as well as many articles in English and French-language journals. She has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of Modern History and French Historical Studies, and serves on the editorial board of French Politics, Culture, and Society.

Dr. Frader’s current research stems from a long-standing interest in the social and cultural foundations of social inequality. A current project examines the discourses and politics of citizenship and nationality in the European Community through a history of EU gender equality policies since The Treaty of Rome (1957) and their impact on member states. A second project focuses on ideas about cultural difference and sexuality in France by examining how knowledge about colonial subjects was produced and conveyed.

Professor Frader is a Senior Associate at the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, where she is co-chair of the Seminar on French Politics, Culture, and Society; and co-chair of the Gender, Politics, and Society Study Group. She is also a founding member of the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies (currently based at MIT). Professor Frader has held visiting professorships at the Ecole des Hautes études en Sciences sociales in Paris, at the University de Paris VIII, and at the University of Aston, Birmingham, UK. At Northeastern she teaches undergraduate courses on Imperialism and Colonialism; Gender and Society in Modern Europe; and Nations, Nationalism and Globalization. Her graduate courses include Historical Methodology; Gender, Colonialism, and Post-Colonialism; and Gender and Society in the Modern World.


Executive Board, Women Studies Program
Co-Editor, French Politics, Culture, and Society
Founding Member, Governing Board, Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at Radcliffe
Senior Associate, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

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