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Jack Gronau

Ph.D. in History

Jack Gronau is a P.h.D Candidate at Northeastern University. His dissertation, “French Women but not Citizens: Colonial Emigration, Imperial Prostitution, and the Colonial Press of French Feminists, 1897-1962,” explores how French feminists participated in the imperial project, both in the colonies and metropole, and how the empire influenced French feminism. It is framed as an analysis of a series of episodes within 20th century French feminist-imperial history, analyzing female colonial emigration, the feminist press in Colonial Maghreb, and anti-prostitution campaigns, to highlight how French feminists incorporated the empire or “imperial issues” into their movement and their discourse for civil and political rights. Jack has been the recipient of multiple research grants which have brought him to the Centre des Archives du Féminisme at the Universitaire d’Angers, the Archives Nationales d’Outre Mer in Aix-en-Provence, and multiple archival sites in Paris, to conduct his dissertation research. Jack has taught courses in “World History since 1945” and “Modern Europe since 1789,” and had multiple assistantships for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

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Cohort: 2014

Research Interests: French Feminism and Empire; Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe; 20th century political and social movements. Dissertation, “Women but not Citizens:  French Feminist Struggles for Citizenship in Imperial France, 1897-1945”

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