Clare Crowston

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309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
Chair, Professor
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Biography

Clare Haru Crowston received her BA from McGill University in 1988 and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1996. She began teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 1996. She is the author of Credit, Fashion, Sex: Economies of Regard in Old Regime France (Duke University Press, 2013) and Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791 (Duke University Press, 2001), which was awarded the Berkshire Prize for the best first book in history by a woman in North America and the Hagley Prize in business history.  She is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles, which have appeared in journals such as Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales, French Historical Studies and the International Review of Social History. Along with her co-author Steven L. Kaplan, she has received an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship (2012-2014) for her next project, "Learning How: Apprenticeship in France, 1670-1830".

Crowston is also co-author of the popular textbooks A History of Western Society (10th edition, Bedford St Martin's) and A History of World Societies (9th edition, Bedford St. Martin's). Her work on the textbooks draws on her own research in early modern history as well as regular teaching of the Western Civilization survey and classes on early modern Europe and its relations with the wider world. 

Research Interests

  • French and European History, history of women and gender, apprenticeship, fashion, material culture and consumption, historical methods

Education

  • Ph.D. Cornell University, 1996
  • BA, McGill University, 1988

Selected Publications

Books

Crowston, Clare, John McKay, Merry Wiesner Hanks, and John Buckler A History of Western Society, 10th Edition Boston Bedford St. Martin's 2011.
Crowston, Clare, John McKay, Bennett Hill, John Buckler, Patricia Ebrey, Roger Beck, and Merry Wiesner Hanks A History of World Societies, 9th Edition Boston Bedford St. Martin's 2011.
Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791 Durham Duke University Press 2001.

Journal Articles

Credit and the Metanarrative of Modernity French Historical Studies 34 1 2011, p. 7-19.
Crowston, Clare Women, Gender, and Guild in Early Modern Europe: An Overview of Recent Research International Review of Social History 53 2008, p. 19-44.

Book Contributions

Crowston, Clare Family Affairs: Wives, Credit, Consumption and the Law in Old Regime France Family, Gender, and Law in Early Modern France edited by Suzanne Desan, edited by Jeffrey Merrick. Family Affairs: Wives, Credit, Consumption and the Law in Old Regime France Edited by Suzanne Desan, Edited by Jeffrey Merrick, Pennsylvania State University Press 2009.
Crowston, Clare H From School to Workshop: Pre-Training and Apprenticeship in Old Regime France Learning on the Shop Floor edited by Bert de Munck, edited by Hugo Soly, compiled by Steven Kaplan. From School to Workshop: Pre-Training and Apprenticeship in Old Regime France Edited by Bert de Munck, Edited by Hugo Soly, Compiled by Steven Kaplan, New York Berghahn Books 2007.