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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 served as Vice president of her University from 2019 to 2023. Initially trained in Paris, at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Fontenay /Cloud), she received a master’s degree in history at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She went on to do an MPhil in History at Sciences Po and 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 (2011, 2015). Building on collaborative research seminars, she then examined conservatism as a political movement from a transnational perspective (2016, 2017). A gendered approach to Liberalism and Conservatism was key to her interest in right-wing women’s political mobilisations (2017, 2020). Elaborating on different research grants (COST ‘Who cares in Europe?'), her current work examines the relationships among voluntary associations, states and political parties in the creation of social welfare in Europe.

During her time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Berthezène will start a new project on health inequality 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, LARCA, UMR 8225
  • Member, Academic Institute of France (Institute Universitaire de 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 Julie V. Gottlieb. Rethinking right-wing women. Gender and the Conservative Party, 1880s to the present. MUP, 2017.

Berthezène, Clarisse, and Jean-Christian Vinel. Conservatismes en mouvement: une approche transnationale au XXe siècle, Editions de l’EHESS, 2016.

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, 2019.