new books in french studies


New Books in French Studies is a
New Books Network podcast series
that I launched in 2013.


If you’re an author with a new or forthcoming book who might be interested in an interview, or if you’re a listener with a recent title to suggest, please send me an email. I am always interested in hearing about recent titles by scholars from across the disciplines whose work deals with any aspect of the history, politics, and culture of France and its empire. All time periods are welcome!

If you have questions about how the interview/podcast process works, check these New Books in French Studies Interview FAQs.




An interview with Catherine Clark about Paris and the Cliché of History: The City in Photographs, 1860-1970 (Oxford University Press, 2018. Listen here.


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An interview with Mark Braude about The Invisible Emperor: Napoleon on Elba from Empire to Exile (Penguin Press, 2018. Listen here.


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An interview with Emma Kuby about Political Survivors: The Resistance, the Cold War, and the Fight against Concentration Camps After 1945 (Cornell University Press, 2019). Listen here.



An interview with Donald Reid about Opening the Gates: The Lip Affair, 1968-1981 (Verso Books, 2018). Listen here.



An interview with Joan Wallach Scott about Sex & Secularism (Princeton University Press, 2017).
Listen here.


Thomas Dodman, What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion (University of Chicago Press, 2018).

Kathleen Keller,  Colonial Suspects: Suspicion, Imperial Rule, and Colonial Society in Interwar French West Africa (University of Nebraska Press, 2018).

Stefanos Geroulanos, Transparency in Postwar France: A Critical History of the Present (Stanford University Press, 2017).

Denis Provencher, Queer Maghrebi French: Language, Temporalities, Transfiliations (Liverpool University Press, 2017).Danna Agmon, A Colonial Affair: Commerce, Conversion and Scandal in French India (Cornell University Press, 2017).

Patricia Lorcin and Todd Shepard eds., French Mediterraneans: Transnational and Imperial Histories (University of Nebraska Press, 2016).

Ludivine Broch, Ordinary Workers, Vichy, and the Holocaust: French Railwaymen and the Second World War (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Darcie Fontaine, Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria (Cambridge University Press, 2016)