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Hannah Frydman (she/they)

Assistant Professor of French Studies
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PDL C-253
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Wednesdays 1-2:30 pm and by appointment on Zoom


PhD, History, Rutgers University, 2020
BA, French Studies and History, Smith College, 2012

Hannah Frydman comes to the UW after a year at Brown University as the Shauna M. Stark '76, P'10 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Gender Studies at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. She is a specialist in the cultural history of modern France, and is especially interested in labor, capitalism, media, reading, gender, sexuality, and the racial politics of reproduction.

She is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled Between the Sheets: Classified Advertising, Sexuality, and the Moral Threat to French Republicanism, that reconstructs the history of “immoral” classified advertising in the Parisian press during the French Third Republic (1870–1940) to show how sexual and gendered classified advertising opened up new possibilities to live non-normative lives and also inspired state and social efforts to exercise close control over both non-normative bodies and new media in the name of republican morality.

Work from this project has appeared in French Historical Studies, the edited volume Capitalism’s Hidden Worlds, and a special issue of Histoire, économie & société on the history of classified advertising, which Frydman co-edited with Claire-Lise Gaillard. This research (conducted in city, departmental, national, and police archives in and around Paris) and writing on classified advertising have been funded by a number of grants, including the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, the Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the P.E.O. Scholar Award, the Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship.