Department of History
Assistant Professor - Early Modern Europe & World (proficient in Medieval & Modern as well); French History; Social History; History of Childhood, Children, & Youth; Gender & Sexuality; History of Education; History of Social Reform; Atlantic History
Julia M Gossard is Assistant Professor of European History at Utah State University. As a social historian and digital humanist, Julia M Gossard researches the history of childhood, especially how children, education, state formation, social reform, gender, and global expansion were intertwined and affected one another during the early modern period in France and her colonies. She is currently preparing the manuscript of her book, "Reforming Children: The Pedagogy, Commerce, and Politics of Childhood in the Early Modern French World.” Her pioneering investigation in the use of childhood as a central category for historical analysis reconfigures the history of childhood in early modern France by considering children as actors as well as subjects. Dr. Gossard teaches early modern and modern European, Atlantic, and world history at Utah State University. She offers undergraduate survey courses as well as upper division and graduate courses with a special focus on social history, especially childhood, gender, family history, education, and social reform.
List of Research Fields (Broadly Defined): Early Modern Europe; Early Modern France; Childhood, Children, and Youth; Education; Gender; Social Reform; Colonization and Empire(s); Commerce and Economics; Labor; State-Building; Subjecthood; Catholic Reformation
Teaching Fields: Early Modern Europe & World (proficient in Medieval & Modern as well); French History; Social History; History of Childhood, Children, & Youth; Gender & Sexuality; History of Education; History of Social Reform; Atlantic History. She is also capable and prepared to teach on many other topics of cultural, political, and economic history in the early modern era. Julia is committed to incorporating and experimenting with pedagogical innovations in her teaching, especially digital humanities.
- Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2015
- M.A.., The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
- B.A., Southern Methodist University, 2008