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Social and economic historian of early modern Europe
After studying history at the Université de Strasbourg, Elise Dermineur received a Ph.D. in History in 2011 from Purdue University for the thesis ‘Women in Rural Society: Peasants, Patriarchy and the Local Economy in Northeast France, 1650–1789’. In 2011, Dermineur was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Between 2011 and 2013, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at Umeå University. From 2013 to 2015, she worked as a Research Fellow at Lund University on the project ‘Marrying Cultures: Queens Consort and European Identities, 1500–1800’, funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA). In 2015, she received a Pro Futura Scientia fellowship funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfund. As a Pro Futura Fellow, she is working on a book tentatively titled Banking Before Banks dealing with early financial markets. In 2016, she was promoted to Associate Professor. She spent the academic year 2018-2019 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Her research interests range widely, from the history of justice and economics to gender and
women’s history. Above all, she is deeply interested in the study of traditional communities in
early modern Europe.
Dermineur’s publications include articles published in the Journal of Social History, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Financial History Review and Social Science History, among others. Her article titled ‘Female Peasants, Patriarchy and the Credit Market in Eighteenth-Century France’ was awarded the Ronald S. Love Prize by the Western Society for French History in 2009. In 2017, she published Gender and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Sweden,
a political biography of the Swedish queen Lovisa Ulrika (1720–1782). In 2018, she published a collection of essays titled Women and Credit in Preindustrial Europe and she co-edited Revisiting Gender in European History, 1400-1800.