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Department Affiliations


  • Cultural and social hegemony in colonial and post-colonial settings
  • Race and Racial ideology in France and its colonies
  • Women and Gender in European colonies
  • Modern France and French imperialism

Educational Background

  • PhD: Modern European History, Columbia University, New York.


  • Historicizing Colonial Nostalgia: European Women's Narratives of Algeria and Kenya 1900 to the present. LORCIN, PATRICIA, Palgrave/Macmillan, Author, 2012. Image
  • Imperial Identities. LORCIN, PATRICIA, London/New York, I.B. Tauris/St. Martins Press, Author, 1995/1999.
  • Kabyles, Arabs, Franí§ais: identités coloniales. LORCIN, PATRICIA, PULIM, Author, 2005.
  • Algeria and France 1800-2000: Identity, Memory and Nostalgia. LORCIN, PATRICIA, Editor, 2006.
  • Migrances, Diasporas et Transculturalités Francophones. Littératures et cultures d’Afrique, des Caraí¯bes, d’Europe et du Québec. LORCIN, PATRICIA, Hafid Gafaiti, David Troyansky, Harmattan, Co-Editor, 2005.
  • Transnational Spaces and Identities in the Francophone World. LORCIN, PATRICIA, Hafid Gafaí¯ti, David G. Troyansky, University of Nebraska Press, Co-Editor, 2009.
  • France and its Spaces of War. Experience, Memory, Image. LORCIN, PATRICIA, Daniel Brewer, Palgrave/Macmillan, Co-Editor, 2009.
  • Special issue of FHS on France and Islam. LORCIN, PATRICIA, Duke University Press, Co-Editor, 2007.
  • Imperialism, Cultural Identity and Race in Colonial Algeria. The role of the Medical Corps: 1830-1870: LORCIN, PATRICIA, ISIS, 90(4) 653-679, 1999.
  • Rome and France in Africa. Recovering Algeria's Latin Past: LORCIN, PATRICIA, French Historical Studies, 25(2) 295-329, 2002.
  • Women, Gender and Nation in colonial novels of inter-war Algeria: LORCIN, PATRICIA, Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, 28(2) 163-184, 2002.
  • Mediating Gender, Mediating Race: Women writers in colonial Algeria,: LORCIN, PATRICIA, Culture, Theory and Critique, 45(1) 45-61, 2004.

Professional Activities

  • Editor, French Historical Studies: Principal editor of Journal , 2007 - 2011
  • J. Russell Major Book Prize Committee: Chair (2011-2012) , 2010 - 2012

Outreach Activities

  • Interview: Program dedicated to the Freshman Seminar, "Spaces and Boundaries of War“ on France Culture, “La Fabrique de l’Histoire),, July 13, 2007
  • Interviewee: "La Fabrique de l'Histoire", France Culture, May 25, 2007
  • Moderator: Series at the Walker Museum, Minneapolis on “Selling Democracy“, April 6, 2006
  • Panel Participant on French Elections: Minnesota Public Radio (KNOW), May 4, 2007
  • Speaker on French Immigration: Minnesota Humanities Center, February 2007


  • Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Fellowship, 2004
  • William Koren Prize for best article in French History in North America, 2002
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, 1999
  • President's Fellowship Columbia University, 1984

Courses Taught

  • HIST 1032: Europe and the World 1500 to the present
  • HIST 1910W: Boundaries and Spaces of War: France 1870-1962
  • Hist 3731: Citizens and the State in Modern France From the Revolution of 1789 to Post-de Gaulle: 1789-1991
  • Hist 3724: Women, Revolution and War in 20th Century Europe
  • HIST 4961 Senior Paper: Imperialism and Empire
  • HIST 5960: Colonialism and Postcolonialism: Theory and Practice
  • HIST 5960: French Imperialism
  • HIST 8960: France 1870-2000
  • HIST 5960/8960: Western Imperialism
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Featured Faculty

  • Prof. Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)

    Prof. Steve Ruggles has been chosen president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA) He will be the first historian ever to lead that organization (more typically its presidents have been sociologists or economists). Steve will serve as PAA president-elect in 2014 and president in 2015.

    This honor is recognition of the great work that Steve has done both in his own research and in supporting the work of other scholars through his work with the Minnesota Population Center. Congratulations, Prof. Ruggles!

    Learn more about the Population Association of America (PAA)

    March 15th, 2014
  • Digital Research Projects by HIST 3959 Students

    In Fall 2013, HIST 3959 - How to Do History was taught by Prof. Donna Gabaccia with a focus on digital history research projects. One additional feature of HIST 3959 this fall was that six graduate students earned graduate credit by working with the undergraduate groups as "project managers."

    Here is a sample of innovative projects from class:

    The Pacific Railroad Surveyors
    Jewish Life in 1930s/40s Minneapolis
    Why Public Education?
    Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
    Early Scandinavian Cartography
    Korea, Forgotten War?
    Political Leadership and Masculinity

    December 13th, 2013
  • Major Awards for History Profs. Kevin Murphy, Barbara Welke, Donna Gabaccia (2), Kay Reyerson, Elaine Tyler May

    It has been a season for great honors and accomplishments for our faculty. Congratulations to all!

    Donna Gabaccia is one of the recipients of the 2013 University Outstanding Community Service Award
    Donna Gabaccia has been awarded the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective.
    Elaine Tyler May has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013 by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
    Kevin Murphy is a 2013 recipient of the UofM's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.
    Kay Reyerson has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy.
    Barbara Welke has been named one of the new Distinguished McKnight University Professors.

    April 3rd, 2013

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