Katie Jarvis

Katie Jarvis


Assistant Professor

Graduate Program Field

European History


Europe; France; Socio-cultural; Gender


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Boston College

Research and Teaching Interests

Katie Jarvis is a historian of early and late modern France. Her research focuses on popular politics, broadly conceived, during the French Revolution. She is especially interested in the intersection of social and cultural history, as well as gender history. She teaches courses on French and European history from the seventeenth century to the present.


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. These crucial contests would engross the French nation -- and much of Europe -- for decades. 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.

Jarvis has published in La Révolution française (2015) and has co-edited a special journal issue of Genre & Histoire (2016). She has also served as a steering member of a Paris-based workgroup on gender and the popular classes. Jarvis’s articles in progress include “‘Patriotic Discipline’: Cloistered Behinds, Public Judgment, and Female Violence in Revolutionary Paris” and “Exacting Change: Money, Market Women, and the Crumbling Corporate World in the French Revolution.”

Politics in the Marketplace: Work, Gender, and Citizenship in Revolutionary France (Oxford University Press, 2019) https://global.oup.com/academic/product/politics-in-the-marketplace-9780190917111?cc=us&lang=en&

Contact Information

Office: 468 Decio
Phone: 574-631-8130

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Genre & Classes Populaires Workgroup