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 recent publications include a book: France after Revolution: Urban Life, Gender, and the New Social Order (Harvard University Press, 2007) and a journal article in French, “L’identité sociale et politique au quotidien, 1789-1815,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française (March 2010). 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.
Le roman conjugal de la Révolution à la Restauration (co-authored by Anne Verjus), under contract with Champ Vallon, collection « La Chose publique », was published March 2011.
France after Revolution: Urban Life, Gender, and the New Social Order (Harvard University Press, 2007).
“L’identité sociale et politique au quotidien, 1789-1815,” Annales historiques de la Révolution française (March 2010): 161-180.
“Finding Contradictions in French Women’s History,” (Review Essay) Journal of Women’s History Vol. 20, No. 3 (Fall 2008): 197-205.
"Making Society ‘Legible’: People-Watching in Paris After the Revolution," French Historical Studies Vol. 28, No. 2, (Spring 2005): 265-296.