Professor Kushner received a B.A. in history and religion from Dartmouth College in 1990, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1994 and 2005, respectively. She spent some of the intervening years in the Peace Corps in West Africa and working as a tour guide in New York City. She taught at the College of Charleston for several years before coming to Clark in 2005.
Current Research and Teaching
Professor Kushner specializes in early modern and eighteenth-century European social and cultural history, with an emphasis on France, women and sexuality. Her teaching repertoire includes courses on the history of early modern Europe, the national histories of France and England, the history of women, and the history of sexuality.
Her book Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris (Cornell University Press, 2014) uses police and judicial records alongside contemporary commentaries to reconstruct the demimonde of eighteenth-century Paris. Together with Daryl Hafter, Professor Kushner edited Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century France (Louisiana State University Press, 2015), which examines women and work in eighteenth-century France, and the methods by which historians study women as social and economic actors. She is currently at work on a new project tentatively called "The Rules of Adultery: Sexual Culture and Identity in Old Regime France," a study of marriage, cheating, and the construction of social identity in Old Regime France. She is also writing, with Amy Richter, an historiography of women's and gender history for the University of Manchester Press, tentatively titled, "Debates on Women's History: Agency and Oppression."
Nina Kushner and Daryl Hafter, eds. Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century France (Louisiana State University Press, 2015)
Nina Kushner, Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris (Cornell University Press, 2014)
Nina Kushner, Countries of the World: The Democratic Republic of the Congo. London: Times Editions, Pte. Ltd. 2000.