Christine Adams

Professor of History

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Christine Adams has taught at St. Mary’s College since the fall of 1992. She has published primarily in French family and gender history, including two monographs: A Taste for Comfort and Status: A Bourgeois Family in Eighteenth-Century France (Penn State Press) and Poverty, Charity and Motherhood: Maternal Societies in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Illinois Press). Most recently, she published The Creation of the French Royal Mistress: From Agnès Sorel to Madame DuBarry (Penn State Press) with Tracy Adams. She also writes on current events and has a particular interest in the politics of gender and reproductive rights. She is a 2020-2021 fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies and a spring 2021 Andrew W. Mellon long-term fellow at the Newberry Library where she is working on a book on the cultural and political impact of the Merveilleuses, a group of fashionable young women in late eighteenth-century France. While her courses cover topics in European history from the Middle Ages to the present, she especially enjoys sharing her love of all things French with her students.

Areas of Research Specialization

  • French History
  • Gender History
  • Family History

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • European History


  • B.A. in International Relations and History at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 1985
  • M.A. in International Affairs at George Washington University, 1986
  • Ph.D. in History at Johns Hopkins University, 1993