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As a social historian and digital humanist, Julia M Gossard researches the history of childhood, especially how children, education, state formation, social reform, gender, and global expansion were intertwined and affected one another during the early modern period in France and her colonies. Julia is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Utah State University and a Distinguished Professor of Honors Education in the Honors Program at USU.
Several organizations and institutions have sponsored Julia’s work. The Society for French Historical Studies awarded Julia the Marjorie M and Lancelot L. Farrar Memorial Award for the best dissertation in progress at a North American university. The American Historical Association’s Bernadotte E Schmitt Research Grant, The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Newberry Library, the History Department and College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University, the History Department, and The Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin have also underwritten her research.
In 2015-2016 Julia was an Institute for Historical Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellow. During this year she wrote the book manuscript (Coercing Children) of her dissertation “Reforming Children: The Pedagogy, Commerce, and Politics of Childhood in the Early Modern French World.” Her pioneering investigation in the use of childhood as a central category for historical analysis reconfigures the history of childhood in early modern France by considering children as actors as well as subjects. Coercing Children is under advanced contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press. Visit her Research page to learn more about her research and publications.
Her article, “Tattletales: Childhood & Authority in Eighteenth-Century France,” won the Journal for the History of Childhood and Youth Best Article Prize in 2017. The committee applauded Julia’s very imaginative use of sources, along with her solid analysis of children’s motives and behaviors, which suggested considerably more complexity in parent-child relations in this period than had been realized.
Dr. Gossard teaches early modern and modern European, Atlantic, and world history at Utah State University. She offers undergraduate survey courses as well as upper division and graduate courses with a special focus on social history, especially childhood, gender, family history, education, and social reform. In Fall 2018, Julia is teaching The Foundations of Western Civilization: Modern, 1750-2001 (undergraduate survey course) and Revolution!: Reacting to Atlantic Revolutions, 1763-1815 (Honors First Year Experiential Learning course). To find out more about these courses, her other courses, her innovations in pedagogy (especially digital humanities), and her teaching philosophy, please visit her Teaching page.
In addition to her research and teaching, Julia also regularly writes for public history outlets and is active on Twitter. She is a Contributing Member to The Junto, a group blog on early American history where she brings a #VastEarlyAmerica(n) perspective. Her work has also appeared in Age of Revolutions, the American Historical Association’s “Teaching with #DigHist” series, Notches, Not Even Past, and 15 Minute History. She has also appeared on the BBC 4 Radio Show, “When Greeks Flew Kites” to discuss the long history of childhood agency. She is available for media comment, public presentation, and public history pieces.
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.
List of Research Fields (Broadly Defined): Early Modern Europe; Early Modern France; Childhood, Children, and Youth; Education; Gender; Social Reform; Colonization and Empire(s); Commerce and Economics; Labor; State-Building; Subjecthood; Catholic Reformation
Teaching Fields: Early Modern Europe & World (proficient in Medieval & Modern as well); French History; Social History; History of Childhood, Children, & Youth; Gender & Sexuality; History of Education; History of Social Reform; Early Modern European State-Building; History of Commodities & Exchanges; Economic History; Labor History; Renaissance/Reformation; Tudor & Stuart England; Age of Revolutions; Atlantic History. She is also capable and prepared to teach on many other topics of cultural, political, and economic history in the early modern era. Julia is committed to incorporating and experimenting with pedagogical innovations in her teaching, especially digital humanities.
- Assistant Professor, History Department, Utah State University, 2016-Present
- Distinguished Assistant Professor of Honors Education, Honors Program, Utah State University, 2017-Present
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)
- Coercing Children: State-Building and Social Reform in the 18th-Century French World (Under advanced contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press)
Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals
- 2018 “Breaking a Child’s Will: Eighteenth-Century Parisian Juvenile Detention Centers,” French Historical Studies (accepted 2018; publication forthcoming, 2019)
- 2017 “Tattletales: Childhood & Authority in Eighteenth-Century France,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (Vol. 10, No. 2, Spring 2017, pp.169-187)
- 2017 Best Article Prize for the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (out of 16 articles)
- Honorable Mention, Neil Sutherland Article Prize, History of Children and Youth Group of the Canadian Historical Association
- 2011 “The Crown’s Catholic Subjects: Lyon’s Écoles de Charité and the French State, 1660-1689,” The Journal of the Western Society for French History, Vol. 39 (2011)
Reviews in Peer Reviewed Journals
- 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)
- 2018 “Casket Girls: Vampires or the Mothers of French Louisiana?” – article in research stage; intended publication in Journal of Women’s History
- 2018 “Revolutionary Inculcation” – article in research stage; intended publication in Eighteenth-Century Studies
PREVIOUS ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
- 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
AWARDS & HONORS
- 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:
- 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
- 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
- 2018 “Twitter Conferences: To Do or Not To Do?,” The Junto, posted May 24, 2018.
- 2018 “Why We Doubt Capable Children: Constructing Childhood in the Revolutionary Era,” The Junto, posted April 17, 2018.
- 2018 “Teaching the Early Modern Penis-Vagina,” Notches, Peer-Reviewed.
- 2018 “Food in the West: Using TimelineJS in the Classroom,” AHA Today’s Teaching with #DigHist
- 2018 Episode 103, “French Child Ambassadors in the East,” 15 Minute History
- 2017 “Mapping the Early Modern World: Using Google Maps in the Classroom,” AHA Today’s Teaching with #DigHist
- 2017 “Child Gangs and Motherly Duty at the Onset of Revolution,” Age of Revolutions. Peer-reviewed.
- 2017 “Prix de Moralité: The Inculcation of Young French Citizens,” Age of Revolutions. Peer-reviewed.
- 2017 Episode 96, “Louis XIV’s Absolutism and the ‘Affair of the Poisons,’” 15 Minute History.
- 2014 “Ten Things to Remember During Your Research Year,” Not Even Past
- 2013 “Women’s Bodies and Political Agendas: UT Gender Symposium,” co-authored with Shaherzad Ahmadi, Not Even Past.
- 2013 “Review: State of Virginity: Gender, Religion, and Politics in an Early Modern Catholic State,” Not Even Past.
- 2013 “Les Misérables: A Historian’s Review,” The Alcalde.
- 2013 “Review: Sarah’s Key,” Not Even Past.
- 2011 “Death and Decadence: Vatel,” Not Even Past.
- 2010 “Review: A Tale of Two Murders: Passion and Power in Seventeenth-Century France,” Not Even Past.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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
2018- Thesis Committee Member for Alan Roberts, MA in History
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
- 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