About

Katie Jarvis is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Jarvis’s current manuscript, Politics in the Marketplace: Work, Gender, and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, emanates from Parisian market women called the Dames des Halles during the French Revolution. Using the Dames as a lens, she asks how the revolutionaries negotiated the dual rise of democratic aspirations and capitalism through their everyday trade. She probes how the Dames invented a notion of nascent citizenship that took work, rather than gender, as its cornerstone. Simultaneously, she analyzes how the revolutionaries debated the political role of the popular classes through the market women. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright Association, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation/Council for European Studies, and the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d'Amérique among others.

Thematic Interests

My research focuses on popular politics, broadly conceived, during the French Revolution. I am especially interested in the intersection of social and cultural history, as well as gender history.

Current Research

My forthcoming book, Politics in the Marketplace: Work, Gender, and Citizenship in Revolutionary France (Oxford University Press), uses Parisian market women as a lens to ask how the revolutionaries negotiated the dual rise of democratic aspirations and capitalism through their everyday trade. My next project, Democratizing Forgiveness: Reconciling the Nation in Revolutionary France, analyzes how the French revolutionaries refashioned forgiveness through economic, judicial, and cultural venues from 1789 to 1802.

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Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, Distinguished Fellow (2016)
  • Natalie Zemon Davis Award, Society for French Historical Studies (2014)
  • Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship (2012–13)
  • Gilbert Chinard Research Fellowship, Institut Français d’Amérique (2012)
  • Fulbright Dissertation Grant (2010–11)
  • Chateaubriand French Government Fellowship (2010–11) (declined)
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