Ellen Furlough

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  • Associate Professor
  • Emeritus
  • History
1739 Patterson Office Tower
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Ph.D., Brown University, 1987


Associate Professor of History Ellen Furlough specializes in modern European and French history with an emphasis on the development of a consumer-oriented society and economy in twentieth-century France.

She is actively doing research and writing on her book project “France on Vacation: Tourism and Consumer Cultures in France.” This summer she spent three weeks in Paris gathering materials on this project, including significant time at IFA (the French Institute of Architecture) where she worked on the French regional development project in the Languedoc region, particularly the development efforts at La Grande Motte.

Other professional activities include serving on the editorial board of French Historical Studies, the major journal in my field and presenting as an invited speaker at a colloquium titled: « Penser le développement du tourisme au XXe siècle: territoire, économie, patrimoine ». This was held in Saint-Brieuc, France: 2-4 June 2010. The title of her talk was “Camping, Vacations, and ‘Consumer Society’ during the Trente Glorieuses.” The organizers have invited her to the next colloquium, to be held (tentatively) in 2013 or 2014. She was also an invited Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA) in 1991-1993 when the Project was “Consumer Cultures in Historical Perspective”. The Project Director was Victoria de Grazia. The RCHA, founded in 1988, is an interdisciplinary research center of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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Selected Publications: 

She has published Consumer Cooperation in France: The Politics of Consumption, 1830-1920 (Cornell University Press 1991). She also completed an edited collection (with Carl Strikwerda) Consumers against Capitalism?  Consumer Cooperation in Europe, North America, and Japan, 1840-1990 (1999), as well as another edited collection with Shelley Baranowski: Being Elsewhere:  Tourism, Consumer Culture, and Identity in Modern Europe and North America (2002).

Her published articles include “Making Mass Vacations:  Tourism and Consumer Culture in France, 1930s to 1970s" in Comparative Studies in Society and History (April 1998). Other articles published in French Historical Studies, notably on Club Méditerranée, have been extensively cited. Her interest in French Indochina is evident in her article “Une leçon des choses:  Tourism, Empire, and the Nation in Interwar France” French Historical Studies, Vol. 25, No. 3, summer 2002. She also presented a paper in April 2006 at the Society for French Historical studies Annual Meeting entitled “Revisiting ‘Imperial Eyes’: Tourism in French Colonial Indochina.”


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