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Faculty Fridays: Meet Dr. Julia Gossard.

 Julia Gossard


Dr. Julia Gossard was hired by the department of history as an Assistant Professor of Early Modern Europe. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, and a Master’s and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Gossard has spent several years studying and working abroad in France, where she refined her research interests to the study of eighteenth century France, and specifically the history of children and their impact on society. “Getting to research and to tell the story of children who have been often forgotten in history has been really meaningful to me.” She adds, “To look at these children, who are normal, everyday children. They have never been written about in history. They are getting recognition and being remembered in a different way.” Dr. Gossard has recently finished an article on children who were “tattle-tales”, and she is currently writing a book on eighteenth century children in France. As a teacher, she is an advocate of a student-centric classroom, and uses the “Reacting to the Past” series to motivate students in their study of primary source documents. Her students have reported that she is an energetic and dynamic professor who helps to bring the past to life. Aside from history, Dr. Gossard is passionate about social justice for children and children’s education.


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