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Elisa Camiscioli

Associate Professor

Co-Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Co-Editor, Journal of Women's History

PhD, University of Chicago

Modern France, Immigration, Gender History, Race and Empire

Office: LT 817
E-mail: ecamis@binghamton.edu


My research explores the intersection of race, intimacy, and gendered forms of mobility in the early twentieth-century world. I have written about immigration to and from France, trafficking between Europe and Latin America, and the circulation of women and men both within and beyond France and its empire. I am the author of Reproducing the French Race: Immigration, Intimacy, and Embodiment in the Early Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2009), along with several articles on the gender of immigration and colonialism. Currently I work on migration and sex work between France and Latin America. I am co-editor of the Journal of Women's History and an active participant in the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.

Recent or current undergraduate courses:

  • Sex Trafficking in History
  • Race and Racism in Modern Europe
  • Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
  • Europe, 1890 to the Present

Recent or current graduate courses:

  • Gender and Empire
  • History and Intimacy
  • Gender History and Feminist Theory
  • Historiography

Significant Publications

  • "Coercion and Choice: The 'Traffic in Women' between France and Argentina in the Early Twentieth Century," forthcoming in French Historical Studies.
  • "Economie politique de la sexualité coloniale et raciale au XIXe siècle," (with Christelle Taraud), forthcoming in Sexe et colonies, edited by Nicolas Bancel, Rachel Jean-Baptiste, and Christelle Taraud (Paris: ACHAC, 2017).
  • "Women, Gender, Intimacy, and Empire," Journal of Women's History, Vol. 25, no. 4 (Winter 2013): 138-148.
  • Reproducing the French Race: Immigration, Intimacy, and Embodiment in the Early Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2009)
  • “Race-Making and Race-Mixing in the Early Twentieth-Century Immigration Debate,” in Hafid Gafaïti, Patricia Lorcin, and David Troyansky (eds.), Transnational Spaces and Identities in the Francophone World (University of Nebraska Press, 2009).
  • “Producing Citizens, Reproducing the ‘French Race’: Immigration, Demography, and Pronatalism in Early Twentieth-Century France,” Gender and History, Vol. 13, no. 3 (Fall 2001): 593-621. Reprinted in Kathleen Canning and Sonya O. Rose (eds.), Gender, Citizenship, and Subjectivities (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2002): pp. 167-95; and Antoinette Burton and Tony Ballantyne (eds.), Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004): 219-33.
  • “Intermarriage, Independent Nationality, and the Individual Rights of French Women: The Law of 10 August 1927,” French Politics, Culture, and Society, Vol. 17, nos. 3 and 4 (Summer/Fall 1999): 52-74. Reprinted in Herrick Chapman and Laura Frader (eds.), Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference (New York: Berghahn Books, 2004): 54-76.

Grants and Fellowships

  • Jean-Pierre Mileur Faculty Development Grant, 2017

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, 2012
  • Harpur College Grant in Support of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work, 2012
  • State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
  • State of New York/United University Professions Drescher Award, 2005-06
  • Binghamton University Dean’s Research Award, 2004
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2003
  • Binghamton University Asian and Asian-American Studies Program Curriculum Development Grant, 2002
  • American Historical Association Bernadotte E. Schmitt Research Grant, 2000
  • National Italian-American Foundation Cornaro Fellowship, 1995
  • Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, 1994-1995
  • Chateaubriand French Government Fellow, 1994-1995
Reproducing the French Race

Last Updated: 12/13/17