Sylvia Schafer

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Specialty
Modern European political and cultural history, France, law, sexual difference, sexuality and feminist theory

Co-editor, History of the Present

Selected Publications
“Joan Wallach Scott,” in Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method.  Digital Resource.  Launching Fall 2021.

“The Organisation of l’Assistance Judiciaire, The Politics of Poverty, and the Rewriting of History in Nineteenth-Century France,” in Felice Batlan and Marianne Vasara-Aaltonen, eds., Histories of Legal Aid: A Comparative and International Perspective (London: Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming November 2021).

co-editor (with Marianne Constable), special issue of History of the Present: “Law at the Intersection of History and Theory” (spring 2018).

“On Rereading Abandoned Children: Foundlings and Child Welfare in Nineteenth-Century France,”

H-France Salon Volume 9 (2017), Issue 18, #4

L’Assistance judiciaire et l’étranger civil, 1840-1851,” Sociétés et Représentations (fall 2014), 203-223.

“Still Turning: Language, ‘Theory,’ and History’s Fascination with the New,” differences 23, no.2 (summer 2012), 165-174.

“Political Catastrophe and Liberal Legal Desire: Two Stories of Revolution, Remediation and Return from the French Nineteenth Century,” in Austin Sarat, et al, eds., Law and Catastrophe. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007.

“Admitting the Stranger: The Rule of Law, The Ethics of Medical Hospitality and the Borders of Governmental Imagination in Nineteenth-Century France,” Law/Text/Culture 2001, 341-375.

“Between Paternal Right and the `Dangerous’ Mother: Reading Parental Responsibility in Nineteenth-Century French Civil Justice,” Journal of Family History 23, no.2 (April 1998).

Children in “Moral Danger”and the Problem of Government in Third Republic France. Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

(With Merry Wiesner). European History: Discipline Analysis. Women in the Curriculum Essay Series. Baltimore: National Center for Curriculum Transformation Resources on Women, 1997

Sylvia Schafer on Nov. 10, 2021. (Kayla Simon/UConn Photo)
Contact Information
Mailing Address241 Glenbrook Road, U-4103, Storrs CT 06269