Carolyn Eichner

Associate Professor
Women's & Gender Studies and History
 Curtin Hall 523

Spring 2022 Office Hours

Held Virtually on Teams Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm or please email to make an appointment.


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

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

Courses Taught

  • 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
  • WGS 799: Advanced Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies: Gender, Sexuality and Imperialism: Historical Perspectives
  • 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

Other Recent Activities

  • Associate Professor, History, UW-Milwaukee
  • 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 Commune. Rutgers University Press, .
Eichner, Carolyn J. Feminisms’ Empire.
Eichner, Carolyn J. “La Commune : pas de révolution sans femmes.” L’Histoire. Les Collections 90. (2021).
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. Franchir les barricades: les femmes dans la Commune de Paris. Editions de la Sorbonne, 2020.
Eichner, Carolyn J. “Language of Imperialism, Language of Liberation: Louise Michel & the Kanak-French Colonial Encounter.” Feminist Studies 45.2 (2019): 377-408.
Eichner, Carolyn J. “Exil et empire colonial : Louise Michel et l’expérience de la déportation.” La Commune de 1871 : une relecture.. Ed. Godineau, Laure, and César, Marc. Grâne, (2019): 359-368.
Eichner, Carolyn J. “Civilization vs. Solidarity: Louise Michel and the Kanak.” Salvage Quarterly 4. (2017): 84-97.