Sarah Horowitz Professor of History

Sarah Horowitz

Newcomb Hall 306
Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in History, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • M.A. in History, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
  • B.A. in History and Art History, summe cum laude, Wellesley College, 1999


I teach classes on French history since the seventeenth century to the present, as well as the history of gender and sexuality in modern Europe. I also teach courses on crime and scandal and Parisian life and history.

Selected Publications

“Scandalous Friendships: The Dangers of Intimacy in the Steinheil Affair of 1908-1909,” Romanic Review, 101, no. 1-4 (May 2019)

“The End of Love: Politics, Emotions and Domestic Violence in the Choiseul-Praslin Affair,” Journal of Family History, vol. 42, no. 4 (October 2017)” “Foucault’s Panopticon — A Model for NSA Surveillance?,” in Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair, ed. Russell Miller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

with Brandon Walsh, Introduction to Text Analysis: A Coursebook, 2016, available at

“Luxe, amour et transactions: La Culture des bijoux dans l’Ancien Régime,” Sociétés et Représentations, no. 38 (Fall 2014)

Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2013)

"Policing and the Problem of Privacy in Restoration-Era France, 1815-30," French History 27, no. 1 (January 2013)

"The Bonds of Concord and the Guardians of Trust: Women, Emotion, and Political Life, 1815-1848," French Historical Studies 35, no. 3 (Summer 2012)

Current Research

I am writing a biography of Marguerite Steinheil (1869-1954), a famous courtesan who was tried for murdering her husband and mother in 1909. She lived a fascinating life, one that reveals a great deal about the nature of celebrity, scandal, crime, gender and sexuality in Belle Époque France.