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Clarisse Berthezène

Visiting Scholar 2023-2024

Residency Dates: September 5, 2023 - June 28, 2024


Clarisse Berthezène

Clarisse Berthezène joined University Paris Cité (then Paris Diderot University) as professor of British history in 2018. She received a master’s degree in history at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She received the award for the best thesis of the year from Sorbonne Nouvelle University upon completing her Ph.D. in 2003.

Berthezène’s initial work focused on the social and cultural politics of the British Conservative Party. In 2018, she also served as a principal investigator of a project entitled "Who cares in Europe?" which examined the relationship between families, voluntary associations, and the state. The project was funded by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

During her time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Berthezène will continue her research on health inequity among women in Europe. Examining data from 1870s to the present, her analysis will focus on historical dynamics that contribute to large discrepancies in mortality rates and life expectancy for women.

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


  • Professor of British History, University Paris Cité
  • Member, Academic Institute of France
  • Visiting Scholar 2023-2024, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Mobilizing welfare in Europe across the long 20th century. Cases of unpolitical politics



Areas of Expertise

History of conservatism from a transnational perspective
Families and the British welfare state
Volunteering and the voluntary sector in 20th century Europe

Select Publications

Berthezène, Clarisse, and Jean-Christian Vinel. Postwar Conservatism, a Transnational Investigation Britain, France, and the United States, 1930-1990. Springer International Publishing, 2018.

Berthezène, Clarisse and Julie V. Gottlieb. Rethinking right-wing women. Gender and the Conservative Party, 1880s to the present. MUP, 2017.

Berthezène, Clarisse. Training Minds for the War of Ideas Ashridge College, the Conservative Party and the Cultural Politics of Britain, 1929-54. Manchester University Press, 2015.