Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1997
Professor Davidson specializes in modern France, European social and cultural history, and women’s history. In addition to teaching World History Since 1500 (1112), she offers a variety of advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in European history. Her books include: France after Revolution: Urban Life, Gender, and the New Social Order (Harvard University Press, 2007) and Le Roman conjugal: Chroniques de la vie familiale à l'époque de la Révolution et de l'Empire, co-authored with Anne Verjus (Champ Vallon, 2011). Her current research projects include a study of bourgeois social and familial networks in France from 1780 to 1830 with emphasis on the importance of written correspondence in building these networks. In 2006-2007, she received a Fulbright Research Grant to pursue research on this topic in France. Recipient of an ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship, she spent the 2010-2011 academic year in residence at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina to work on that book. She is currently Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department.
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).
France after Revolution: Urban Life, Gender, and the New Social Order (Harvard University Press, 2007).
"Feminism and Abolitionism: Transatlantic Trajectories," in The French Revolution in Global Perspective, ed. Suzanne Desan, Lynn Hunt, and William Max Nelson (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013).
"Domesticating the Exotic: The Giraffe Craze and French Consumer Culture," in Of Elephants and Roses: Encounters with French Natural History, 1790-1830, ed. Sue Ann Prince (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2013).
"Generational Conflict in Revolutionary France: Widows, Inheritance Practices, and the 'Victory' of Sons," (co-authored with Anne Verjus) William and Mary Quarterly (Spring 2013): 399-424.
“L’identité sociale et politique au quotidien, 1789-1815,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française (March 2010): 161-180.