S. Jill (Jill) Harsin

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S. Jill (Jill) Harsin

Thomas A. Bartlett Chair and Professor of History; Director of the Division of Social Sciences

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310 Alumni Hall


Since joining Colgate in 1982, Harsin has shown commitment to the university’s values of teaching, scholarship, and university service. With specialties in European history, the history of France and the French Revolution, and women’s history, she has been centrally involved in interdisciplinary teaching, especially in Colgate's Core curriculum and in women’s studies. She also teaches courses in early modern Europe, the experiences of women in history, and modern European social history.

Harsin served as interim president of the university following the conclusion of Jeffery Herbst's term in 2015.

 - BA, Missouri State University, 1973
 - MA (1974), PhD (1981), University of Iowa

Oberlin College 1981-82; Colgate University, 1982-

Modern Europe, France and the French Revolution, and women's history

Haiti and the French Revolution

 - Barricades: The War of the Streets in Revolutionary Paris, 1830-1848 (New York: Palgrave, 2002)

 - Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth Century Paris (Princeton University Press, 1985)

 - "Syphilis, Wives, and Physicians: Medical Ethics and the Family in Late Nineteenth Century France" (French Historical Studies, 1989)

 - "Gender, Class and Madness in Nineteenth-Century France" (French Historical Studies)

 - reflectionsonfrance.com, a blog on contemporary French politics, culture, and history

 - Colgate interim provost and dean of the faculty, 2009-10
 - Chair of the Colgate Department of History
 - Director of the Division of Social Sciences, Colgate
 - Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Professor of liberal arts studies, Colgate
 - Chaired and served on several key governance committees at Colgate

 - AAUW Scholarship
 - Alumni Corporation Distinguished Teaching Award, 2012