Sarah Horowitz Professor of History

Sarah Horowitz


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

"The Red Widow: The Scandal that Shook Paris - and the Woman Behind it All," (Sourcebooks, forthcoming in 2022)

“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

“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.