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Sarah Horowitz

Visiting Scholar 2015-2017


Sarah Horowitz

Horowitz is Associate Professor of History at Washington and Lee University. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Horowitz is a French cultural historian broadly focused on questions of the relationship between private life, gender, sexuality and politics. Her first book Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France examined how French political elites used bonds of friendship to create social cohesion in an era of rampant distrust.

At the Center, she will be working on a study of the Steinheil Affair of 1908-1909. Through examining this scandal, she aims to uncover early twentieth century attitudes towards gender, sexuality, crime and politics.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Associate Professor of History, Washington and Lee University

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Areas of Expertise:

Cultural History

French History (19th century)

History of Gender and Sexuality

Research Topic:

Steinheil: Sex, Murder and Scandal in Belle Epoque Paris