Carolyn Eichner

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Women's & Gender Studies and History
 Curtin Hall 523


  • 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

  • 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. The Paris Commune: A Brief History. (Rutgers University Press, 2022).

Eichner, Carolyn J. Feminisms’ Empire. (Cornell University Press, 2022).

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. Finalist, 2021 Prix Augustin Thierry, awarded by the city of Paris.

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.