Lorraine Coons, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Chair of the History and Political Science Department

Office Location:  Fournier Hall, Room 377
Office Phone:  215.248.7184 or 215.248.7113

Educational Background 

  • M.A., Ph.D., New York University

Courses Taught 

  • Western Civilization I & II
  • French Revolution
  • Modern France
  • Survey of Women's History
  • Women in Modern European Society
  • Europe in the Age of Nationalism
  • Twentieth Century Europe
  • Culture and Society in Modern Europe
  • Senior Seminar
  • Genocide in the Modern World

Scholarly Interests 

  • Modern Europe, France
  • Social and women's history
  • History of travel/tourism

Selected Publications 

  • "Orphans" of the Sweated Trades: Women Homeworkers in the Parisian Garment Industry (1860-1915) - NY: Garland Publishing Co., 1987.
  • "Neglected Sisters" of the Women's Movement: The Perception and Experience of Working Mothers in the Parisian Garment Trades, Journal of Women's History, Fall 1993.
  • Gabrielle Duchêne: Feminist, Pacifist, Reluctant Bourgeois, Peace and Change, April 1999.
  • "Tourist Third Cabin": Steamship Travel in the Interwar Years (1919-1939) - NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003
  • From “Company Widow” to “New Woman:” Female Seafarers aboard the “Floating Palaces” of the Interwar Years, International Journal of Maritime History, December 2008

Related Scholarly Activities -- Historical Consulting 

  • CBS/Discovery Documentary - "Superliners" - broadcast October 1998 (Discussing the history of transatlantic travel in the interwar years. )
  • PBS/Frontline - American Experience Series: "Rescue as Sea" - broadcast February 1999 (Documentary concerning the first use of wireless in passenger rescue in 1909)