Carolyn Eichner

  • Professor, History
  • Professor, Women's & Gender Studies


  • PhD, Modern European History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MA, Modern European History, Northern Illinois University

Teaching Schedule

Course Num Title Meets
HIST 355-001 Modern and Contemporary France TR 1pm-2:15pm
HIST 355G-001 Modern and Contemporary France TR 1pm-2:15pm
WGS 700-001 Feminist Issues and Scholarship T 5:30pm-8:10pm

Courses Taught

  • HST 242: Women and Gender in Europe – 1750-the Present
  • HST 355: Modern & Contemporary France
  • HST 468: The History of U.S. Feminisms
  • HST 850: France’s Revolutionary Century
  • HST 950: Women, Gender, & Sexuality in European Revolutions
  • WGS 201: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
  • WGS 303: Feminist Activism and Movements - The History of Feminism in the U.S.
  • WGS 500: Advanced Social Science Seminar: Gender, Sexuality and Imperialism
  • WGS 700: Feminist Issues and Scholarship: Power & Resistance

Research Interests

  • Gender & Women in 19th-Century France & Empire
  • Gender, Sexuality, & Empire
  • Citizenship, Gender, & Race
  • Histories of Feminisms
  • The Paris Commune
  • New Caledonia
  • Politics of Names & Naming

Related Activities

  • Fulbright Research Scholar, France (Paris), 2022-2023
  • Camargo Foundation Fellow, Spring 2023
  • Research Team Member, The Politics of Reason (POLSON)
    • 4-year grant, funded by Convocatoria 2020—Proyectos de I+D+I, Ministry of Science & Innovation, Government of Spain, 2021-2025
  • Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison, 2020-2021
  • Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2015-2016
  • International Federation for Research in Women’s & Gender History, Board Member, 2015-2020, 2020-2025
  • Western Society for French History, President, 2014-2015; Vice-President, 2013-2014
  • French Historical Studies, Editorial Board Member, 2013-2016
  • Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820, Collaborating Editor, 2015-2018.

Selected Publications

Eichner, Carolyn J.A Brief History of the Paris CommuneRutgers University Press. .
Eichner, Carolyn J.Feminisms' Empire.
Eichner, Carolyn J.“La Commune : pas de révolution sans femmes” L’Histoire. Les Collections90. (2021).
Eichner, Carolyn J.Franchir les barricades: les femmes dans la Commune de ParisEditions de la Sorbonne. 2020.
Eichner, Carolyn J.“La colonie pénale genrée: Prisonnières politiques en Nouvelle-Calédonie” Les circulations européennes à l’âge des empires coloniaux au XIXe siècle. Une identité genrée?Ed. Chaillou-Atrous, Virginie . Presses Universitaires de Rennes. (2020): 83-92.
Eichner, Carolyn J.“Language of Imperialism, Language of Liberation: Louise Michel & the Kanak-French Colonial Encounter” Feminist Studies45.2 (2019): 377-408.
Eichner, Carolyn J.“Exil et empire colonial : Louise Michel et l'expérience de la déportation” La Commune de 1871 : une relectureEd. Godineau, Laure , and César, Marc. Grâne. (2019): 359-368.
Eichner, Carolyn J.“Civilization vs. Solidarity: Louise Michel and the Kanak” Salvage Quarterly4. (2017): 84-97.
Eichner, Carolyn J.Surmounting the Barricades: Women in the Paris CommuneIndiana University Press. 2004: 279