Natalie Zemon Davis has expanded the boundaries of our discipline through more than half a century of path-breaking scholarship.  Born in Detroit in 1928, she received her B.A. from Smith College, her M.A. from Radcliffe, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She married the mathematician Chandler Davis in 1948. Together they raised three children while pursuing busy academic careers. Natalie Davis taught at Brown and the University of Toronto before becoming a Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley in 1972 and then at Princeton from 1978 to 1996. On her retirement, she returned to Toronto, where Chandler Davis had maintained his career, and continued to work with students and colleagues as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto.


The Natalie Zemon Davis Award

Next Award Deadline: 15 May 2017

The Society for French Historical Studies confers the Natalie Zemon Davis Award for the best paper presented at the annual meeting by a graduate student enrolled in a doctoral program in the United States or Canada.

The award honors Professor Natalie Zemon Davis for her outstanding work as a mentor of graduate students.  It was established through donations from students and colleagues of Professor Davis and from other members of the Society for French Historical Studies.

Submissions should be no longer than 14 pages double-spaced, including all appropriate citations and bibliographical information.  Send your paper as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to the chair of the committee.  The prize will be awarded at the business lunch at the 2018 meeting of the SFHS.

Committee Members:

Nina Kushner, Chair (2017)

Department of History
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610

Stéphane Gerson (2018)

Department of French
New York University
19 University Place, 625
New York, New York (US) 10003

Jeffrey Burson (2019)

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
PO Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Past Winners:

2017: To Be Announced...

Jillian SlaightUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison, "'Old Girls': Sexual Immaturity as a Standard of Innocence in Eighteenth-Century French Justice."

Sebastien DoederleinConcordia University, "Not so Republican After All: Expectations and Disappointments in Alsace-Lorraine Before and After November 11, 1918."

Katie Jarvis
University of Wisconsin, Madison, "'Patriotic Discipline': Cloistered Behinds, Public Judgment, and Female Violence in Revolutionary Paris."

Angela Haas
Binghamton University, "Dubious Relics, Unknown Saints, and the Evolution of Lay Piety in Eighteenth-Century France."

Carolyn PurnellUniversity of Chicago, "Instrumental Feeling: The Stable Characteristics of Sensibility, 1740-1789."

James NausSaint Louis University, for "Dynastic Legitimization in Twelfth-Century France."

Marie-Eve ChagnonConcordia University, “L’internationalisme scientifique face à la Grande Guerre : la rupture des relations de la science française et allemande (1914-1919)."

Alexia YatesUniversity of Chicago, "The Business of Housing: Real Estate in Turn-of-the Century Paris."