Faculty Biography

Nina Kushner

Nina Kushner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of History
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 421-3797
Email: nkushner@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae


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, gender, and the history of sexuality.

Her book Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris (Cornell, 2014) used police and judicial records alongside contemporary commentaries to reconstruct the demimonde of eighteenth-century Paris. Professor Kushner co-edited a volume of essays titled Women and Work in Eighteenth-Century France (LSU, 2015), and another, French Histories of Sexuality From the Enlightenment to the Present (forthcoming, Nebraska), which examines how the history of sexuality challenges, nuances, and expands our view of the past.

Her current projects include a monograph currently titled “The Rules of Adultery: Sexual Culture in the Old Regime,” which is a study of marriage, cheating, and the construction of social identity in Old Regime France. She is also co-editing the six-volume series A Cultural History of Prostitution in the West for Bloomsbury Press.

Professor Kushner’s teaching repertoire includes courses on the history of early modern Europe, the histories of women and gender, the history of policing, and the history of sexuality.

 

Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century ParisNina 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.