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Hannah Frydman
Current Research: Modern European History, France, Women's and Gender

Hannah is a doctoral candidate with research interests in urban history; the history of advertising and the press; the history of capitalism; histories of women, gender, and sexuality; and feminist theory. Her dissertation, entitled “Between the Lines: Sex, Work, and Business in the Parisian Classifieds, 1881-1940,” charts the rhetorical, social, and material evolution of classified advertising in the Parisian press, focusing on ads for fortune telling, prostitution, and abortion services. Writing these often overlooked but omnipresent small ads back into history, "Between the Lines" presents an alternative history of capitalism that has been hiding in plain sight and that reveals the gendered, sexed, raced, and classed blind spots of the history of capitalism as it has been narrated and re-narrated based on more classic economic and business archives. Hannah’s work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the Chateaubriand Fellowship. She received her B.A. in History and French Studies from Smith College in 2012.