Nimisha Barton


Ph.D., History, Princeton University, 2014

M.A., History, Princeton University, 2009

Dual B.A., History (concentration: Europe) and Religious Studies (concentration: Jewish Studies) University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Contact Information

Fields of Interest

Nimisha Barton specializes in the history gender, sexuality, and immigration in modern Europe. Her first book, Reproductive Citizens: Gender, Immigration, and the State in Modern France, 1880-1945, appeared in 2020 with Cornell University Press. Reproductive Citizens received the American Historical Association’s J. Russell Major Prize for best Anglophone book in French history as well as Honorable Mention for the Society of French Historical Studies’ David H. Pinkney Prize for the most distinguished book in French history and Honorable Mention for NYU’s Lawrence Wylie Prize for best cultural history in French studies.

Dr. Barton is currently at work on a book about historical trauma, Jewish spirituality, and healing in the Sephardic diaspora. At CSULB, she teaches courses in modern France and the world.

Selected Publications

Books & Edited Volumes

“A Family of Mystics: Myth-Making and Memory Healing in the Sephardic Diaspora” (manuscript in progress)

A Just Future: Getting from Diversity and Inclusion to Equity and Justice in Higher Education (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2024).

Reproductive Citizens: Gender, Immigration, and the State in France, 1900-1945 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020).

Practiced Citizenship: Women, Gender, and the State in Modern France (co-editor with Richard Hopkins), (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2019).

Book Chapters

“Trust Your Gut (But Not Too Much)” in Amanda Irwin Wilkins and Keith Shaw, eds., The Pocket Instructor: Writing, 50 Exercises for the College Classroom (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2024)

“French Feminisms: Patriarchy, Populationism, and Progress, 1870-1950” in David Andress ed., Routledge Handbook of French History (London: Routledge Press, 2023)

“Work and Migration in the West, 1920-Present” in Daniel Walkowitz, ed., A History of Work in the Twentieth Century (co-author with Andrew Hazelton), (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2018).

Introduction and Chapter 9, “Gender, Immigration, and Social Citizenship” in Practiced Citizenship: Women, Gender and the State in Modern France (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Pushing the Boundaries: Power, Privilege, and the Problem of Inclusion,” Gender and History (Fall 2022)

“‘French or Foreign, So Long as They Be Mothers’: Immigrant Women, Pronatalism, and the Politics of Welfare in Interwar Paris,” Journal of Women’s History 28, 4 (Winter 2016): 65-88.

“Marrying Into the Nation: Immigrant Bachelors, French Bureaucrats and the Conjugal Politics of Naturalization During the 3rd Republic,” French Politics, Culture, Society 34, 3 (Winter 2016): 23-43.

Honors and Awards:

*Tyler Stovall Mission Prize for contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, Western Society for French History, 2022

*New York University Institute of French Studies, Honorable Mention for Lawrence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies for best book in French cultural or social studies, 2022

*American Historical Association, J. Russell Major Book Prize for best English-language book in French history, 2021

*Society of French Historical Studies, Honorable Mention for David H. Pinkney Prize for most distinguished book in French history, 2020

*Association of American Publishers’ 2020 PROSE Awards for Multivolume Reference, 2020

*Princeton University Gender and Sexuality Studies Alumni Publication Grant, 2019

*Junior Scholars Research Travel Grant, Society of French Historical Studies, 2017

Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2013-2014

*Bi-Annual Graduate Student Article Prize, Journal of Women’s History, 2012

Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust Fellowship, 2010 – 2011

*John B. and Theta H. Wolf Travel Award, Society for French Historical Studies, 2010

Mary Jo and Dick Kovacevich Scholarship, 2002-2006

California Governor’s Scholarship, 2002-2003


HIST 335: The French Revolution and Napoleon

HIST 436: History of la francophonie