Christine Adams

Professor of History

Christine Adams


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 and Poverty, Charity and Motherhood: Maternal Societies in Nineteenth-Century France. Most recently, she co-edited the volume Female Beauty System: Beauty as Social Capital in Western Europe and the United States, Middle Ages to the Present. Her current book project examines French royal mistresses as political actors. She also occasionally writes on current events and has a particular interest in the politics of gender and reproductive rights. 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