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Laura Frader

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Professor Emeritus

Dr. Frader’s research focuses on the historical and cultural foundations of social inequality, particularly gender inequality in modern Europe. She is currently working on the history of gender equality policies of the European Community since the Treaty of Rome (1957) and their impacts on member states. Her publications include 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); 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.

Frader has held appointments as a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy; as holder of the first Gender Equality Chair at the Université de Sorbonne Paris Cité (USCP); and as an affiliated researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Institut des Etudes avancées) in Paris. She 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. At Northeastern she teaches undergraduate courses on Imperialism and Colonialism; Empires, Wars and Revolutions; 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.

  • Executive Board, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Member, Editorial Board, French Politics, Culture, and Society
  • Member, Editorial Board, Signs: Journal of Women, Culture, and Society
  • Founding Member, Governing Board, Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies
  • Faculty Associate, Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Education

    Ph.D., 1978, History
    University of Rochester

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    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

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