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Elise Franklin

ph.d. candidate


MA, History, Boston College (2013)

BA, French Language and Literature, Barnard College, Columbia University (2009) cum laude

  • Senior Research Paper (in French): Avant-Garde Theory in Practice: Antonin Artaud's Théâtre de la Cruaté in the Plays of Eugene Ionesco:

Research Interests:

I study modern France, specifically post-World War II cultural and gender history of France and Algeria. I am interested in the political and cultural ramifications of France's war in Algeria and the process of decolonization, especially as it involved and/or affected women/women's movements. Furthermore, my research focuses on the friction between France's claims to a universalist republican legacy and its difficulty squaring away gender, racial, and cultural difference.

Awards and Fellowships:

  • Pensionnaire étrangère, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, 2013-2014.
  • Summer Research Grant, History Department, Boston College, Summer 2013.
  • Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights), Social Science Research Council, Summer 2012. 
  • Summer Research Stipend, Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy, Summer 2012.
  • Boston College Presidential Fellowship

Conference Papers: 

“The ‘Femme Musulmane’ as Contested Category: Gender, Cultural, and National Difference in the Algerian War, 1954-1962,” Council for European Studies, 20th International Conference of Europeanists, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2013 (panel co-organizer)

“‘Emancipation’ and Transnational Solidarity: Women’s Associational Life in France and Algeria, 1964-62,” Society for French Historical Studies, 59th annual meeting, Harvard University & MIT, Boston, MA, April 2013.

“Liberté, Egalité, Fémininité: The Women's Liberation Movement and Abortion Reform, 1970-1975," York New Frontiers Graduate History Conference, Toronto, Ontario, 23-25 February 2012.