History Research Area

Dr. Mattie Fitch’s research focuses on the ways that people in France in the period between the First and Second World Wars attempted to shape their communities. She investigates how they incorporated multiple identities, such as those defined by class, ideology, region, and religion, into their beliefs about the French nation. Her current work investigates the antifascist cultural movement that arose in France during the 1930s as the threat of fascism loomed across Europe. It illuminates the ways individuals and groups used cultural practices, such as music, theater, and art, to construct their understandings of themselves and their world.

Dr. Cassandra Good is a scholar of gender, politics, and culture in the American founding era. She presents regularly at scholarly conferences and to public audiences, and her work has appeared in academic journals and popular websites. Good’s first book, Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015 and received the Mary Jurich Nickliss Prize for the year’s best gender or women’s history book from the Organization of American Historians. Her next book, First Family: George Washington’s Heirs and the Making of America, is forthcoming from Hanover Square Press, an imprint of Harper Collins.