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Jennifer J. Popiel, Ph.D.

Department of History

Courses Taught

Origins of the Modern World; French Revolution and Napoleon; Atlantic Commodities; Faith and Reason in Modern Europe; Race, Rights, and Revolution in the Atlantic World; The Early Modern World


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 
B.A., Trinity University

Publications and Media Placements


Worship Facing Europe: Religious Superiority, Civilization, and Masculinity. (In process)

Heroic Hearts: Sentiment, Saints, and Authority in Modern France. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2021. 366 pp (22 illus.)

Rousseau's Daughters:  Domesticity, Education, and Autonomy in Modern France. Durham: University of New Hampshire Press, 2008. 284 pp (16 illus.) Winner of David Pinkney Prize, 2009.


Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791: Reacting to the Past. 2nd ed. W.W. Norton and Company, 2015. (With Mark Carnes and Gary Kates) 

Book Chapters

 “Martyred Virgins, Fiery Dragons, and Mass Culture: Sentiment and Authority in Nineteenth-Century Religious Images” Book chapter forthcoming as a book in the series: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment.

"Virginité et sacrifice de soi : Philippine Duchesne, Euphrosine Perier et la vocation religieuse au XlXe siècle, » in Stéphane Gougelmann et François Kerlouegan, Écrire le mariage des lendemains de la Révolution à la Belle Époque: discours, idéologies, représentations (Publications de l'université de Saint-Étienne, 2017).
Preface to Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (New York, 2004).


“St. Philomena(’s) Remains: Religion, Sentiment, and Patriarchy Undermined in Post-Revolutionary France,” part of the Age of Revolutions series: (2020). Open-access and peer reviewed.

The Revolution and Me” part of the H-France Salon, “What the Revolution Means Today: The French Revolution Beyond the Academy,” Volume 11 (2019). Open-access and peer-reviewed.

“The Hearth, the Cloister, and Beyond: Religion and the Nineteenth-Century Woman,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, 37 (Ann Arbor, MI: Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library, 2009): 187-204. Open-access and peer-reviewed.

“Making Mothers: The Maternal Advice Genre and the Domestic Ideal, 1760-1830.” The Journal of Family History, 29 (Fall 2004).

“‘To Repress the Exuberance of Their Characters’: Self-Control and the Definition of Womanhood in Nineteenth-Century France.” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Selected Papers of the 1998 Annual Meeting 26 (Greeley CO: University Press of Colorado, 2000): 258-266.

“Necessary Connections? Catholicism, Feminism, and Contraception.” Essay about the relationship between feminist theory and the Catholic Church’s position on artificial contraception. America, November 27, 1999, 22-25.

“‘To Amuse and Instruct’: Freedom, Education, and the Molding of the Child in Modern France,” in Childhood and Youth: A Universal Odyssey. Annette Richardson, ed. (Edmonton: Kanata Learning Co., 1998): 161-170. Refereed publication issued in conjunction with the International Child/Youth Conference.

Honors and Awards

  • Bicentennial Fellow, Saint Louis University
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship (Lyon, France)
  • Summer Research Grant in the Humanities, Saint Louis University
  • Mellon Research Award
  • David Pinkney Prize, French Historical Studies (best book in French History)
  • Dean's Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Students
  • Provost's Research Award, Saint Louis University
  • Millstone Prize for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Paper (WSFH)
  • Scholar Access Grant, Center for European Studies (Madison, WI)