Sarah Griswold, Assistant Professor Lebanese Coast Griswold
Ph.D., New York University 

Address: 162 SSH

Spring 2021 Office Hours: Virtual hours via Zoom Wednesday 1-3:30 pm, or by appointment

Fields: Modern Europe; French Empire; Race, Religion & Ethnicity; Heritage and Museum Studies.

I am a cultural historian of modern France and its empire, the politics of heritage and place, and the Mediterranean. My current book project, “In Search of Civilization: Archaeology and the French Mandate for Syria and Lebanon,” examines the ramifications of work undertaken by archaeologists in the French mandate, a quasi-colonial system set up after the First World War. I focus not only on how French archaeologists’ findings at Palmyra, Byblos, and Crusader castles shaped a sense of cultural heritage in the mandate proper but also back in France, where Louvre curators were rebranding the French flagship museum as a repository for “Western civilization.” My research has been supported by the Council for European Studies, the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique, and the Michel Beaujour Fellowship.

I have presented my research at the annual meetings of the Council for European Studies, Society of French Historical Studies, Western Society for French History as well as international conferences organized by the German Historical Institute London and INALCO in Paris.

I enjoy teaching courses on modern Europe and world history, as well as courses on the history of ethnicity, religion, heritage, and museums. I am currently developing my course, “Modern France, 1789-Present,” to include a digital project that examines France’s history as a multiethnic society—from colonial troops in WWI to the World-Cup champions of 2018.

Courses Taught
HIST 2013 – Introduction to the Study of History
HIST 2023 – History of the Present
HIST 3323 – Modern France, 1789 - Present
Honors Add-On: Sex and Gender in French Film