Janine Lanza

Janine Lanza

Associate professor
Director of undergraduate studies


3115 Faculty/Administration Building



Janine Lanza

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • France

  • Women/Gender

  • Legal History

  • History of Work


  • Ph.D., History, Cornell University, 1996
  • M.A., History, Cornell University, 1990
  • A.B., History, University of Chicago, 1987

Awards and grants

  • April 2012: Career Development Chair Award, Wayne State University.

  • April 2009: Board of Governors Faculty Recognition Award, Wayne State University.

  • January 2008: Resident Fellow, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

  • April 2007: University Research Grant, Wayne State University.

  • August 1999 - August 2000: NEH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, held at the Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois.

  • January 1998: Bernadotte E. Schmidt Research Fellowship, American Historical Association.

  • September 1992-July 1993: Bourse Chateaubriand, French Cultural Attaché.

  • 2023-2024 Academic Year - Cameron Fellow, St. Andrews University, Scotland UK (in residence January-April 2024)

Selected publications


From Wives to Widows in Early Modern Paris: Gender, Economy and Law (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)

Articles and Essays

“Women Minding the Store in Eighteenth Century France,” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 10, no. 1 (2015)

“Women and Work,” Ashgate Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe (Ashgate: April 2013)

“La veuve et l’atelier: le cas de Paris au dix-huitième siècle,” Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine 56, no. 3 (2009)

“What is the Law if not the Expression of the Rights of Man and Reason? The Champ de Mars Massacre and the Language of Law,” Law and History Review 19, no. 2 (2001): 283-310.

Courses taught by Janine Lanza

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022