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Jennifer N. Heuer

Associate Professor of History

Portrait of Jennifer N. Heuer

(413) 545-6790

Herter Hall 607

Professor Heuer’s research interests cluster around themes of gender, revolution, family, war, citizenship, slavery, and colonialism. 

Her work focuses especially on the French Revolution and its aftermath. Her first book was Family and The Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830. She has published numerous articles in both English and French-language journals and edited collections. Many explore the ways that revolution, war, and peacemaking relate to gender and family life. Others touch on diverse subjects including French Caribbean prisoners of war in Britain; clothing as a symbol for competing visions of national identity; the use of familial metaphors for portraying the power of the state; and a ban on interracial marriages in early nineteenth-century France. She has also written synthetic essays on topics including the long-term legacies of the French Revolution; rethinking early nineteenth-century Europe as a post-war society; human rights and revolution; and the history of gender and nationalism in Europe. 

Along with Mette Harder, she is the editor of Life in Revolutionary France (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming, 2020). She is currently completing a book, with the working title of The Soldier’s Reward: Love and War in the Age of Napoleon, and is also researching on the experiences and status of free people of color in France in the revolutionary era. 

She has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Women’s History and French Historical Studies, and is an Associate Editor for H-France Salon. She has been invited to give talks or participate in national and international forums in the United States, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Japan.

Research Areas

French Revolution and Modern France
Atlantic Revolutions
European History
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Race, Slavery, Colonialism


Life in Revolutionary France, co-edited with Mette Harder. London: Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming 2020. (Collection of fourteen original essays on everyday life in the revolutionary era).

(coordinating editor) What the French Revolution Means Today. H-France Salon, Dec. 2019, Five interwoven special issues

Jennifer Ngaire Heuer and Abigail Coppins, “Race, Freedom, and Everyday Life: French Caribbean Prisoners of War in Britain,” in Life in Revolutionary France, forthcoming.

(Co-authored with Anne Verjus, Claire Cage, Andrea Masker and Meghan Roberts), “Regards croisés sur le mariage à l’époque révolutionnaire et impériale,” [Intersecting perspectives on marriage in the era of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Empire] Annales historiques de la révolution française 398 (2017): 144-171.

“Ending War: Revisiting the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars.” Co-edited with Denise Davidson and Christine Haynes. Special issue of the Journal of Military History, 80 no. 1, 2016. 

“Citizenship, the French Revolution, and the Limits of Martial Masculinity.” In Gender and Citizenship in Historical and Transnational Perspective, eds. Rachel Fuchs and Anne Epstein, 19-38. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

 “Celibacy, Courage, and Hungry Wives: Debating Military Marriage and Citizenship in Pre-revolutionary France,” European History Quarterly 46 no. 4 (2016): 648-667.

“No More Fears, No More Tears? Gender, Emotion, and the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars in France,” Gender and History 28 no. 2 (2016), 437-459.

“Did Everything Change? Rethinking Revolutionary Legacies.” The Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution, ed. David Andress, 625-641. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 

“Gender, Sexuality, and the Great War.” Journal of Women’s History, 26. no. 3 (2014), 158-166.

“The One-Drop Rule in Reverse? Interracial Marriages in Napoleonic and Restoration France.” Law and History 27, no. 3 (2009): 515-48.

“The French Revolution and Human Rights.” The Human Rights Encyclopedia, ed. David Forsythe. Vol. 2: 281-286. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Bans on Interracial Marriage in Europe.” In Encyclopedia of Blacks in European History and Civilization, ed. Eric Martone, 282-86. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2009.

“Gender and Nationalism.” In Nations and Nationalisms: A Global Historical Overview, eds. David Kaplan and Guntram Herb. Vol. 1: 43-58. New York: ABC-Clio, 2008.

“Liberty and death: the French Revolution.” History Compass 5, no. 1 (2007): 162-186. 

The Family and The Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830. Cornell University Press, 2005.

Courses Recently Taught

Undergraduate Courses
French Revolution
Modern France and the French Empire
Sex and Society in Modern Europe
Trials in European History
Western Thought Since 1600

Graduate Courses
Introduction to History
European Historiography
Nation, Race, and Gender in Modern Europe
Atlantic Revolutions