Julie Fette

Research Areas

History • Social Sciences • Gender • Xenophobia

Julie Fette earned her Ph.D. at the Institute of French Studies at New York University and her doctorat at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.

At Rice, she is an Associate Professor of French Studies, a faculty affiliate of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and a faculty scholar at the Baker Institute's Center for the Middle East.

Julie Fette co-authored a new edition of Les Français, the French civilization textbook for undergraduates, published in 2021 by Hackett.

She is the author of Exclusions: Practicing Prejudice in French Law and Medicine, 1920-1945 (Cornell University Press, 2012), a study of middle-class discrimination in mid-twentieth-century French society, focused on social mobility, professionalization, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.

Her current monograph project is entitled Gender by the Book, which examines representations of gender in contemporary French children’s literature.

She teaches courses on modern French society, history, and culture.


Selected Publications



Les Français. 4th ed., Indianapolis: Focus, an imprint of Hackett Publishing, 2021. (co-authored with Jean-François Brière and Laurence Wylie)

Exclusions: Practicing Prejudice in French Law and Medicine, 1920-1945. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012.


Journal Articles

“Heureux comme stéréotype en France.” La Revue des livres pour enfants 310 (décembre 2019): 136-143.

“From Casablanca to Houston: A Family Story,” French Politics, Culture & Society 36/3 (2018), 32-60.

“Gender and the Role of Talents Hauts in Contemporary French Children's Literature,” Children's Literature Association Quarterly 43 (2018), 285-306.

“Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the Future of French Studies,” Contemporary French Civilization 41 (2016), 381-95.

“Acting the Dreyfus Affair: History and Theatre in the French Classroom,” PMLA 126 (2011), 737-45.

“Apology and the Past in Contemporary France,” French Politics, Culture & Society 26/2 (2008), 78-113.

“Pride and Prejudice in the Professions: Women Doctors and Lawyers in Third Republic France,” Journal of Women’s History 19/3 (2007), 60-86.