Susan Hiner

Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Director of Global Nineteenth-Century Studies and Director of Research Development on the John Guy Vassar Chair

Susan Hiner received her doctorate in French Literature from Columbia University after completing a double major in French and English at the University of Virginia.

BA, University of Virginia; MA, MPhil, PhD, Columbia University in the City of New York
At Vassar since 1998


Chicago Hall
Box 147


FFS 232 The Modern Age
FFS 291 19th-Century POP

Selected Publications

“When Fashion Stood Still,” in “La Commune n’est pas morte …,” eds. Seth Whidden and Robert St. Clair, special issue of Nineteenth-Century French Studies 49, nos. 3 & 4 Spring-Summer 2021, 549-566.

“Femininized Commodities, Female Communities: The Colin Sisters and the Stealthy Work of the Fashion Plate,” French Historical Studies, (43:2) April, 2020, 223-252. 

“Picturing Work in the Age of Empire” in A Cultural History of Work in the Age of Empire:
1800-1920 (volume 5 of 6). Bloomsbury Press, January 2019. 31-50.

“Fashion Animation: Heads, Hats, and the Uncanny Work of Fashion,” Fashion, Modernity, and Materiality: From Rousseau to Art Deco, ed. Heidi Brevik-Zender, SUNY Press, November 2018. 33-56.

“The Modiste’s Palette and the Artist’s Hat” in Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Exhibition Catalogue edited and co-curated by Simon Kelly and Esther Bell. St. Louis Art Museum and Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, February 2017. 67-80.

“Picturing the Catherinette: Reinventing Tradition for the Postcard Age,” Beyond Tradition: French Cultural Studies, 1800-2014, eds. Masha Belenky, Kathryn Kleppinger and Anne O’Neil-Henry, University of Delaware Press, April 2017. 119-152.

“Production and Distribution in the Age of Empire” in A Cultural History of Dress and Fashion: The Age of Empire: 1800-1920 (volume 5 of 6). Bloomsbury Press, December 2016. 35-57.

“From pudeur to plaisir: Grandville’s Flowers in the Kingdom of Fashion.” Dix-Neuf: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, April 2014, 18(1): 45-68

“Becoming (M)other: Reflectivity in Le Journal des Demoiselles.” Romance Studies, April 2013, 31(2): 84-100

“Monsieur Calicot: French Masculinity between Commerce and Honor.” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Spring-Summer 2012, 19(1): 32-60

Accessories to Modernity: Fashion and the Feminine in Nineteenth-Century France, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

NEH Fellowship, 2016-17, to advance a new book project entitled “Behind the Seams: Women, Fashion, and Work in Nineteenth-Century France”

Spring Fellow at the American Library in Paris, 2015

Recipient of the Millia Davenport Publication Award, sponsored by the Costume Society of America, for Accessories to Modernity, 2011


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