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.

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Emile Chabal on France (Polity Books, 2020). Listen here.

Susan Mokhberi on The Persian Mirror: French Reflections of the Safavid Empire in Early Modern France (Oxford University Press, 2019). Listen here.

Chris Millington on A History of Fascism in France From the First World War to the National Front (Bloomsbury, 2019). Listen here.

Katherine Dauge-Roth on Signing the Body: Marks on Skin in Early Modern France (Routledge, 2019). Listen here.

Judith Surkis on Sex, Law, and Sovereignty: in French Algeria, 1830-1930 (Cornell University Press, 2019). Listen here.

Tyler Sonnichsen on Capitals of Punk: DC, Paris, and Circulation in the Urban Underground (Palgrave, 2019). Listen here.

Joshua Cole on Lethal Provocation: The Constantine Murders and the Politics of French Algeria (Cornell University Press, 2019). Listen here.

Robin Mitchell on Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Georgia Press, 2020). Listen here.

Ronen Steinberg on The Afterlives of Terror: Facing the Legacies of Mass Violence in Postrevolutionary France (Cornell University Press, 2019). Listen here.

Dónal Hassett on Mobilizing Memory: The Great War and the Language of Politics in Colonial Algeria, 1918-1939 (Oxford University Press, 2019). Listen here.

Rachel Mesch on Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth -Century France (Stanford University Press, 2020). Listen here.

Annette Joseph-Gabriel on Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Press, 2020). Listen here.

Kory Olson on The Cartographic Capital: Mapping Third Republic Paris (Liverpool University Press 2018). Listen here.

Arthur Asseraf on Electric News In Colonial Algeria (Oxford University Press, 2019). Listen here.

Todd Shepard on Sex, France, and Arab Men, 1962-1979 (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Listen here.

Jennifer Cazenave on An Archive of the Catastrophe: The Unused Footage of Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah (SUNY Press, 2019). Listen here.

Gillian Glaes on African Political Activism in Postcolonial France: State Surveillance and Social Welfare (Routledge Books, 2018). Listen here.

Michael Vann on The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt (Oxford University Press, 2018). Listen here.

Annabel Kim on Unbecoming Language (The Ohio State University Press, 2018). Listen here.

Catherine Clark on Paris and the Cliché of History (Oxford University Press, 2018). Listen here.

Mark Braude on The Invisible Emperor (Penguin Press, 2018). Listen here.

Emma Kuby on Political Survivors (Cornell University Press, 2019). Listen here.

Donald Reid on Opening the Gates (Verso Books, 2018). Listen here.

An interview with Joan Wallach Scott about Sex and 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).