Laura Levine Frader specializes in French social history and European women’s and gender history and has written extensively on these topics. Her publications include Peasants and Protest: Agricultural Workers, Politics and Unions in the Aude, 1850-1914 (University of California Press, 1991); Gender and Class in Modern Europe (co-edited with Sonya O. Rose, Cornell University Press, 1996), Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference (co-edited with Herrick Chapman, Berghahn, 2004); The Industrial Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2006); and Breadwinners and Citizens: Gender in the Making of the French Social Model (Duke University Press, 2008) as well as many articles in English and French-language books and journals. She has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of Modern History and French Historical Studies, and currently serves on the editorial board of French Politics, Culture, and Society and on the editorial board of Signs: Journal of Women, Culture and Society.
Frader’s research focuses on the historical and cultural foundations of social inequality, particularly gender inequality. A current project focuses on the history of gender equality policies of the European Community since the Treaty of Rome (1957) and their impacts on member states. A second project examines the place of gender and racial difference in French colonial thinking and practice.
Until late September she was a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy; from October through December she is holder of the first Gender Equality Chair at the Université de Sorbonne Paris Cité and is an affiliated researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Institut des Etudes avancées) in Paris. Professor Frader is a faculty associate at the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, where she is co-chair of the Contemporary Europe Study Group. She is also a founding member of the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies (currently based at MIT). Frader has held visiting professorships at the Ecole des Hautes études en Sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, at the University de Paris VIII, and at the University of Aston, Birmingham, UK. At Northeastern she teaches undergraduate courses on Imperialism and Colonialism; Gender and Society in Modern Europe; and Nations, Nationalism and Globalization. Her graduate courses include Historical Methodology; Gender, Colonialism, and Post-Colonialism; and Gender and Society in the Modern World.
Professor of History, Northeastern University
Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
Co-Chair, Contemporary Europe Study Group, CES, Harvard University