Elise Franklin

Elise Franklin

E-mail: elise.franklin@bc.edu

Faculty Advisor: Julian Bourg


MA, History, Boston College (2013)

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


I am interested in the history of post-World War II France, the legacies of decolonization, cultural and gender history, and French intellectual history and political thought. My dissertation focuses on the history of social welfare, immigration, and decolonization from Algeria over the course of the “thirty glorious years” of economic expansion in France. I study para-state social aid associations that acted as a bridge between Algeria and France and Algerian immigrants and French citizens in France during and following the Algerian war for independence (1954-1979).


  • Clough Fellow, Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy, 2014-2015
  • Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association, 2014
  • Marjorie M. Farrar Award, Society for French Historical Studies, 2014
  • 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


“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.