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ABOUT JULIA

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Dr. Julia M. Gossard is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of History, and Distinguished Associate Professor of Honors Education. As a researcher, she examines the history of society, especially children and youth, through quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Gossard has received competitive research funding from the American Historical Association, the Mellon Foundation, the Newberry Library, the Society for the History of Childhood & Youth, the Society for French Historical Studies, and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, to name a few. Dr. Gossard’s excellence in research has been recognized with the Fass-Sandin Prize (2019) from the Society for the History of Childhood & Youth as well as the Best Article Prize (2017) from the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth along with several honorable mention citations from other prestigious organizations for her publications. In 2021 she published her book, Young Subjects: Children, State-Building, and Social Reform in the 18th-century French World, with McGill-Queen’s University Press.

She is currently working on three book projects, Encountering Childhoods in Vast Early America (under contract with Routledge Press), Habits of Mind: Designing General Education Courses for Student Success (Open Access with USU), and revamping the primary source interactives and history skills tutorials for Western Civilizations (W.W. Norton).

A proponent of high-impact, innovative teaching, Dr. Gossard’s teaching portfolio at the graduate and undergraduate levels is expansive with specialties in gender, family, sexuality, and childhood; the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions; and historical research methods and theory. Each summer, Dr. Gossard helps facilitate the Mountain West Center’s Bennion Teachers’ Workshop.

Dr. Gossard is accredited by The Association of College & University Educators (ACUE) in best higher education teaching practices and online teaching. She has also earned a “Master Teaching” certification through the Empowering Teaching Excellence Program at Utah State University. To find out more about her courses, her innovations in pedagogy (especially digital humanities), and her teaching philosophy, please visit her Teaching page.

Julia attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in History with Honors in the Liberal Arts and Departmental Distinction in History. During her time at SMU she studied abroad at their campus in Paris, France for a year to perfect her French, hone her history knowledge, and embark on archival research. Since graduating in 2008 she has served as SMU-in-Paris’s Assistant Director and Program Assistant, making her a study abroad specialist. Entering The University of Texas at Austin’s History Department in Fall 2009 with a fully funded recruitment package she earned her Master’s of Arts Degree in History in 2011. With the enthusiastic endorsement of all committee members, in August 2015 Julia was awarded her PhD in History.


CURRICULUM VITAE

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS

  • Associate Dean for Research, College of Humanities & Social Sciences Utah State University, 2022-Present
  • Associate Professor, History, 2022-Present
  • Distinguished Associate Professor of Honors Education, Honors Program, Utah State University, 2022-Present

EDUCATION

   Ph.D.   The University of Texas at Austin, 2015

   M.A.   The University of Texas at Austin, 2011

   B.A.     Southern Methodist University, 2008 (Major: History; Minor: French)

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

TEXTBOOKS

  • 2021-3 Western Civilizations, vol. 21 (W.W. Norton), Centerpiece Author for “Competing Viewpoints” Interactives & History Skills Tutorials (in development)

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • 2022 “Forum on Double Age in the History of American Childhood and Youth,” Special Issue Co-Editor with Holly N.S. White, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, (in-press)
    • Article authored: “Considering ‘Double Age’ in the History of American Childhood and Youth,” with Holly N.S. White

Book Chapters

  • 2020  “Digitally Mapping Space and Time in the History General Education Survey: Google Maps & TimelineJS,” Teaching with the Digital Humanities (Indiana University Press)
  • 2022  “Education & Work in Early Modern Europe,” A Cultural History of Youth (Bloomsbury)

Reviews in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • 2021 Small Changes for a Big Impact: A Review of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classrooms by Flower Darby,” Journal of Empowering Teaching Excellence, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Article 3 (Fall 2021)
  • 2020 “Review: Mettray: A History of France’s Most Venerated Carceral Institution,” Journal of Social History, Vol. 54, Issue 1 (Spring 2020)
  • 2020 “Review: Scandal in the Parish: Priests and Parishioners Behaving Badly in Eighteenth-Century France,” Church History, Vol. 89, No. 2 (June 2020)
  • 2019 “Review: A Primer for Teaching Women, Gender, & Sexuality in World History,”  RGWS: A Feminist Review
  • 2019 “Review: The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present,” Mediterranean Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1
  • 2016 “Review: The Government of Childhood: Discourse, Power, and Subjectivity,” Journal for the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Winter 2016)
  • 2014 “Review: Ritual and Conflict: The Social Relations of Childbirth in Early Modern England,” The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. XLV, No. 4 (Winter 2014)

AWARDS & HONORS

External Awards:

  • Honorable Mention, William Koren Jr. Prize for the best article in French history, Society for French Historical Studies for “Breaking a Child’s Will: Eighteenth-Century Parisian Juvenile Detention Centers”
  • Fass-Sandin Article Prize for the best article published in any journal in English for 2017 from The Society of the History of Childhood & Youth
  • Best Article Prize 2017 for the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth for “Tattletales: Childhood & Authority in Eighteenth-Century France”
  • Honorable Mention, Neil Sutherland Article Prize, History of Children and Youth Group of the Canadian Historical Association for “Tattletales: Childhood & Authority in Eighteenth-Century France,” 2018
  • Bernadotte E Schmitt Grant for Research in European, African, or Asian History, The American Historical Association, Summer 2017
  • Newberry Library Short Term Research Fellowship, June 2017
  • American Historical Association’s Undergraduate Teaching Workshop “Assignments Charrette,” Denver, Colorado
  • The Society for French Historical Studies Marjorie M. and Lancelot L. Farrar Memorial Award for the Best Dissertation in Progress at a North American University, 2012
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Robert R. Palmer Research Travel Award, 2012
  • The Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography at the Newberry Library, Summer 2012
  • Presidential Graduate Scholarship, American Catholic Historical Association, Spring 2012
  • Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, Spring 2012
  • Newberry Library/École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship, 2011 (declined)

Internal Awards & Grants – Utah State University:

  • LGBTQIA+ Health & History Series, University-Wide Event Series ($22,800), 2022-23
  • History Teacher of the Year (Nominee for CHaSS Teacher of the Year), 2021
  • Master Teacher Certificate, Empowering Teaching Excellence Program, 2021
  • ETE Scholar Award, Empowering Teaching Excellent Program ($3500), 2020-21
  • ACUE Effective Online Teaching Certification, 2021
  • History Teacher of the Year (Nominee for CHaSS Teacher of the Year), 2020-21
  • Peaks Summer Fellowship Mentorship Grant ($1000), 2021
  • Teacher Scholar Certificate, Empowering Teaching Excellence Program, 2019
  • Travel Grant, CHaSS ($1000), 2019
  • Small Grant Development Award, CHaSS, ($3000), 2019
  • Travel Grant, CHaSS, ($1250), 2018
  • Creative Activity and Research Enhancement (CARE) Award, CHaSS, ($2000), 2018
  • Open Education Resources CHaSS Grant, Western Civilization Course ($500.00), 2017
  • Summer Undergraduate Mentorship Grant, College of Humanities and Social Sciences ($1000 Faculty; $2000 Student), 2017
  • Travel Grant, College of Humanities and Social Sciences ($1350), 2017
  • Exploratory Seed Grant for DH@USU, College of Humanities and Social Sciences ($1875 Group; $315 Faculty Member), 2017
  • Honors Course Development Award, Honors Program ($1000), 2016
  • Research Assignment Design Workshop, Merrill-Cazier Library ($500), 2016

Internal Awards & Grants – University of Texas at Austin (Graduate School)

  • The University of Texas Graduate School Named/Endowed Fellowship, The Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014-2015
  • Departmental Research Fellowship, History Department, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2013
  • Professional Development Grant, The Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2013
  • Research Travel Grant, History Department, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2012
  • Travel Grant, Dorothy and John B. Pope Excellence Fund, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2011
  • Research Travel Grant, History Department, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2011
  • Departmental Recruitment Fellowship, History Department, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009 – 2010
  • Recruitment Package (5 years fully funded), History Department, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009-2015

Undergraduate:

  • Departmental Distinction in History, Southern Methodist University, 2008
  • Honors in the Liberal Arts, Southern Methodist University, 2008
  • SMU Distinguished Scholar Scholarship, Southern Methodist University, 2005 – 2008
  • Paul Pigott Scholarship Foundation Recipient, 2005
  • Summa cum laude in History, Southern Methodist University, 2008

PREVIOUS ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • Director and Instructor, Bennion Teachers’ Workshop, Mountain West Center, Utah State University, Summer 2018
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Institute for Historical Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015-2016
  • Lecturer, History Department, The University of Texas at Austin, 2015-16
  • Named/Endowed Fellow, The Graduate School, 2014-2015
  • Assistant Director and Program Assistant, SMU-in-Paris Summer Program, 2009-2015
  • Supplemental Instructor Supervisor, Sanger Learning Center, School of Undergraduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013-2014
  • Supplemental Instructor, History Department and The Thomas Jefferson Center for Core Texts & Ideas, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011-2012
  • Teaching Assistant, History Department, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013-2014; 2010-2011
  • Graduate Mentor, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate School Internship, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011-2012
  • Research Assistant to Professor Julie Hardwick, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2011; Summer 2010
  • Education Abroad Intern, Southern Methodist University, December 2008-June 2009

Public History Articles

 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • “Roundtable on the History of Childhood and Youth,” The Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture’s Annual Conference, The College of William & Mary, October 2022 (Panelist).
  • “Workshop: Encountering Children in Vast Early America,” The Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture’s Annual Conference, The College of William & Mary, October 2022 (Organizer & Participant).
  • “’Habits of Mind’: Ensuring Student Success in General Education Classrooms,” co-presented with Chris Babits, Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference, August 2022
  • “Creating ‘Habits of Mind’ in General Education Surveys,” LAUNCH Student Engagement and Learning Strategies Collaboration with Empowering Teaching Excellence, May 12, 2022 (Presenter).
  • “Engagement Slacking? Using Slack in the Classroom to Bolster Student Engagement,” eLearnX, Utah State University, May 18, 2021. (Panelist).
  • “Teaching Primary Source Analysis in a History General Education Survey,” AHA History Gateways Virtual Event, “What I’m Doing Differently in my History Survey,” February 18, 2021. (Panelist).
  • “Great Ideas for Teaching: Slack in the Classroom,” T4L Virtual Conference, University of Utah, February 2021. (Panelist).
  • TimelineJS: Create Collaborative Timelines, Study Guides, Digital Exhibits, & Storyboards in Any Discipline,” co-presented with Chris Babits, Virtual Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference, Utah State University, August 2020 (Panelist).
  • “What does it mean to teach with #DigHistory?,” American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting, New York City, January 2020. (Panelist)
  • “Roundtable: The History of Childhood & Youth in French History,” Western Society for French History, Bozeman, MT, October 2019. (Organizer & Participant)
  • “Teaching Western Civilization,” AHA’s Texas Conference on Introductory General Education Courses, Dallas, TX, September 2019. (Participant & Leader)
  • “Revolutionary Inculcation: The Danou Law & Gender in France, 1795-1801,” Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, Las Vegas, August 2019 (Panelist)
  • Invited Scholar & Speaker, “The Vampire Girls of French Louisiana,” The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture Colloquia, April 2019
  • Invited Speaker, “RPGs (Role-Playing Games) in the Classroom,” Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference, Utah State University, August 15, 2018
  • Panelist, “Reactive Citizens: Teaching Civics through Reacting to the Past,” Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, August 2018
  • Panelist, “Jeunes de Langues: Cruxes of 18th-Century French Imperial Ambitions in the Ottoman Empire,” Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans, LA, 2018 (panelist)
  • Chair and Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta Biennial National Convention, New Orleans, LA
  • Presenter, “Filles du Roi: Populating New France with Children,” Beyond150CA Twitter Conference, August 2017
  • Panelist, “Gendering Childhood Definitions: Age, Gender, and Change in Early Modern France,” Society for the History of Childhood and Youth Conference, Camden, New Jersey, June 2017
  • Organizer and Panelist, “Roundtable: Fashioning French Identities,” Society for French Historical Studies, Washington, D.C., April 2017
  • Organizer and Panelist, “Jeunes de Langues: French Children in the Ottoman Empire,” Western Society for French History’s 43rd Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
  • Panelist, “Policing the Family: Childhood & Authority in Early Modern France,” Western Society for French History’s 42nd Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, November 2014
  • Panelist, “Correcting Children: Education and Rehabilitation in Parisian Maisons de Correction,” Western Society for French History’s 41st Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2013
  • Organizer and Panelist, “Reforming the Poor: Lyonnais Charity Schools and the Catholic Reformation,” American Catholic Historical Association Spring Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2012
  • Organizer and Panelist, “The Crown’s Catholic Subjects: Lyon’s Écoles de Charité and the French State, 1660-1689,” Western Society for French History Thirty-Ninth Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 2011
  • Organizer, Chair, and Panelist, “Inculcating the Poor: Seventeenth-Century Lyonnais Charity Schools,” Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, October 2011
  • Panelist, “Children, Charity, and the Consolidation of Power: Lyon’s Écoles de Charité, 1660-1750,” The Center for Renaissance Studies Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, January 2012
  • Panelist, “State, School, and Subject: Children, Charity and the Consolidation of State and Local Power in 17th century Lyon,” The Lived Experience of the State Conference, Duke University, March 2011
  • Panelist, “Children, Charity, Commerce, and the Consolidation of Power: The State and Community’s Interests in Lyon’s École Charitable de Saint Charles” 2nd Annual Texas A&M Graduate History Conference, Texas A&M University, February 2011

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

Archives:

  • Lyon, France: Archives Départementales du Rhône, Archives Municipales de Lyon
  • Paris, France: Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Site Mitterrand & Site Richelieu), Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Archives Nationales, Bibliothèque Mazarine, Archives d’Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris
  • Rouen, France: Archives Départementales de la Seine Maritime
  • United States: Harry Ransom Center, The Newberry Library

Research Skills:

  • 11th-19th-century French paleography
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, FileMaker Pro, Evernote, and Pages
  • Experience with digitizing archival documents with cameras and scanners
  • Extensive experience creating databases for analytic inquiry
  • HTML proficient

Language Skills

  • English – Native fluency
  • French – Fluent reading, writing, and speaking
  • Latin – Reading and writing proficient
  • Spanish- Reading proficient

MEDIA & PRESENTATIONS

  • Invited Guest, “Access Utah: Bennion Teachers’ Workshop,” Utah Public Radio, Aired May 29, 2018
  • Invited Guest, “Beyond Your Command,” BBC 4 Radio Show “When Greeks Flew Kites,” Aired March 2018
  • Invited Presenter, “Reporting & Propaganda in the American Revolution,” The 300th Military Intelligence Brigade’s 29th Annual Language Conference, Utah National Guard, March 4, 2018
  • Invited Lecturer, “New Methodologies: Digital History,” HIST 3000: Methods (Dr. Conte), Utah State University, February 2018
  • Invited Lecturer, “Experiences with French Archives,” Archives Management Class, Utah State University, September 2017
  • Meet the New Faulty, CHaSS Lunch Series, Utah State University, December 2016
  • Invited Guest and Presenter, “Tattletales: Children and Authority in 18th-Century France,” Faculty Forum, October 2016, Utah State University
  • Invited Panelist, “How Historians ‘Do’ Gender History,” The Department of History’s Graduate Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality, September 4, 2015
  • Invited Speaker, “Digital Workflow & Research Organization,” Presentation for the Graduate Program’s First-Year Research & Methodology Course, History Department, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2015
  • Invited Presenter, “Colonial Children: Crux of French Imperial Strategy,” New Works in Progress Series, The Institute for Historical Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Invited Host & Speaker, History Department’s Annual Visiting Committee, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, “Children in Early Modern Europe,” Dr. Julie Hardwick’s course, Witches, Workers, and Wives, The University of Texas at Austin, September 9, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, “Building an Empire: The French Atlantic, 1524-1763,” Dr. Neil Kamil’s course, The US in the 17th-Century Atlantic World, The University of Texas at Austin, April 4, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, “Slave Codes: Britain and France,” Dr. Neil Kamil’s course, The US in the 17th-Century Atlantic World, The University of Texas at Austin, March 2014
  • Invited Presenter, “Correcting Children: Education and Rehabilitation in Parisian Maisons de Correction,” The Department of History’s Graduate Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality, October 2013
  • Invited Speaker, “Adventures in the Archives,” History Department, The University of Texas at Austin, September 2013
  • Invited Commentator, “Talk: New Theoretical Developments in Gender and History: A Re/examination of Joan W. Scott,” The Department of History’s Graduate Symposium on Gender, History and Sexuality, February 17, 2012

SERVICE & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional Service

2018  Panel Chair and Judge, Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, Utah Valley University

2018  Panel Chair and Faculty Mentor, Phi Alpha Theta’s National Convention, New Orleans

2017  Textbook Reviewer, Bloomsbury University Press, The Early Modern World

2016  Textbook Reviewer, Oxford University Press, Europe in the Modern World

2011 Program Assistant, Western Society for French History 39th Annual Conference

 Departmental & University Service  

2018  Director & Instructor, Bennion Teachers’ Workshop 2018, Mountain West Center

2018-  Honors Program Liaison, History, Classics, & Religious Studies

2017 –   Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Program) Faculty Advisor, Utah State University

2017-18 Scholarship Committee, History Department, Utah State University    

2017   URCO Grant Reviewer, Research & Graduate Studies, Utah State University

2017 –  CHaSS Representative, Faculty Evaluation Committee, Utah State University

2017  Honor’s Admissions Reviewer, Honor’s Program, Utah State University

2016 –   Founding Coordinator, Digital Humanities @ USU

2016-17  Search Committee Member, 19th-Century US World, History Dept, USU

2016-17  Peer Evaluation Committee, History Department, Utah State University

2016-17  Undergraduate Curriculum Development, Utah State University

2013-14  Co-Coordinator, Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality, UT Austin

Undergraduate Advising

Research

2018   Honors Contract, Frankie Urrutia-Smith

2018   Summer Honors Contract, Zion Steiner

2017     Summer Undergraduate Research Mentorship, Arie French ($2000.00 grant)

University Teaching Fellows (Directed Teaching Supervision)

2017  Frankie Urrutia-Smith, HONS 1320; Honors UTF of the Year Award

2017  Cody Patton, HIST 1110 (Fall)

2016-17  Cody Patton, HIST 1110; CHaSS UTF of the Year Award

Graduate Advising

2018-   Thesis Committee Member for Alan Roberts, MA in History

Professional Development

2018   National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Regional Grant Writing Workshop, University of Nevada, Reno

2017   Empowering Teaching Excellent Badge Series, Utah State University

2016    Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference, Utah State University

2014    Pedagogical Methods & Supervised Teaching in History Course, History Department

2010-11  ASPECTS Certificate Program from the Center for Teaching & Learning

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Historical Association
  • American Catholic Historical Association
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Society for the History of Childhood and Youth
  • The Society for French Historical Studies
  • The Western Society for French History