Judith Stone

Judith Stone

Judith F. Stone

Dr. Judith F. Stone
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., State University of New York-Stony Brook (1979)
19th and 20th Century European Cultural and Political History (especially France); History of Gender in Europe; Social Policy; Literature and Film as Cultural Artifacts


Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan Univeristy
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334


Since coming to WMU I have offered courses covering the entire span of European history, from the ancient Mediterranean to the late 20th century. I work with general education students, advanced undergraduate majors and graduate students. I teach in a variety of formats--large lectures, smaller discussion/lectures, graduate seminars and independent studies. Visual resources and computer technology are integral elements of my presentation. The core of my teaching focuses on the long nineteenth century in Europe (1770-1914), drawing on my own research on France. I emphasize cultural and social developments without neglecting political change. My course on women in Europe (HIST 336) has been especially rewarding. Recently I have experimented with a team-taught course on history and French movies, which I hope to offer again. Graduate seminars and independent studies on gender and history, and religion in the modern world have been especially stimulating.


My research interest focuses on the political culture of the French Third Republic (1870-1940). I have been studying the cultural context in which political democracy is elaborated and in which the contradictions of democracy are generated. I have explored the world of Radical republicans, their efforts at reform and their failures. The gendered construction of democracy and its implications has been one of my principal concerns. My current research analyzes the major conflict of the Third Republic—clericalism/anti-clericalism. I am examining the gender dimension of this conflict, reevaluating the significance of "feminized" Catholicism, and reassessing the clerical anti-republicans.


My major publications have been Sons of the Revolution: Radical Democrats in France 1862-1914 and The Search for Social Peace: Reform Legislation in France 1890-1914. Three important book chapters are: "Republican Ideology, Gender and Class in France, 1860-1914" in Gender and Class in Modern Europe (eds. L. Frader & S. Rose), "The Republican Brotherhood," Gender and the Politics of Social Reform: France, 1870-1914 (ed. E. Accampo, et. al.), "La République et la patrie: The Radicals' Nationalism under Attack" in Nationhood and Nationalism in France (ed. R. Tombs). My articles and reviews have appeared in French Historical Studies, French History, Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, European History Quarterly, American Historical Review, and Journal of Modern History. My most recent publications have been "French Identities in Film: An Interdisciplinary Approach to French Culture," with Cynthia Running-Johnson in Modern French Literary Studies in the Classroom: Pedagogical Strategies, ed. C. J. Stivale (MLA 2003). “Anticlericals and Bonnes Soeurs. The Rhetoric of the 1901 Law of Associations” French Historical Studies, 23, 1 (winter 2000): 103-28, and “Camille Pelletan et les radicaux face au défi boulangiste,” in L’Age d’or des Républicains, 1863-1914. Actes du troisième Colloque International de l’AECP (ed. P. Baquiast, 2001): 73-88. Working with colleagues in France and Kalamazoo has been especially gratifying.


Department of History
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Western Michigan University
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