Graduate Student Bios

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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 “Classified Commerce: Gender, Labor, and Print Capitalism in the Parisian Classifieds, 1881-1940,” charts the rhetorical, social, and material evolution of classified advertising in the Parisian press, focusing on ads placed by women for their services as fortune tellers, midwives, abortionists, prostitutes, masseuses, pimps, teachers, and more. Writing these often overlooked but omnipresent small ads back into history, "Classified Commerce" presents an alternative history of capitalism that reveals the gendered and sexed 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 in part by the Social Science Research Council, the Chateaubriand Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the PEO Sisterhood, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She received her B.A. in History and French Studies from Smith College in 2012.