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Department Affiliations


  • Race and Racial ideology in France and its colonies
  • Women and Gender in European colonies
  • Modern France and French imperialism
  • Western Imperialism, Colonialism, Post-colonial Studies

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

  • Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    August 31st, 2014
  • Ann Waltner, 2014 President's Award for Outstanding Service

    Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

    May 1st, 2014
  • Giancarlo Casale, Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

    Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

    The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.

    Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

    Congratulations, Giancarlo!

    April 1st, 2014

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