Ph.D., Princeton University

B.A., Grinnell College

Research Interests

Professor Jones's main area of research focuses on the social and cultural history of eighteenth-century France. She has written on fashion and commercial culture in Old Regime France and is currently working on a new book on gender, Enlightenment and urban sociability that focuses on Therese Levasseur, the mistress of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Selected Publications

  • Sexing La Mode: Gender, Fashion and Commercial Culture in Old Regime France. (Oxford, UK: Berg, 2004)
  • "Personals and Politics: Courting la citoyenne in Le Courier de L'Hymen," Yale French Studies (2002).
  • "Grisettes and Coquettes: Women Buying and Selling in the Old Regime," in The Sex of Things: Gender and Consumption in Historical Perspective, ed. Victoria de Grazia (University of California Press, 1996).
  • "Repackaging Rousseau: Femininity and Fashion in France," French Historical Studies (Fall 1994).

Courses Offered


  • 510:101 Development of Europe I
  • 510:102 Development of Europe II
  • 510:333 France, Old Regime and Revolution
  • 512:250 Roles of Women in the West from the Greeks to the French Revolution
  • 506:401/402 History seminars on topics ranging from the meaning of work in Early Modern Europe, to gender and society in European history, the history of clothing and fashion, and the Enlightenment


  • PDR: Early Modern Europe
  • Colloquium: Public and Private Spheres in Early Modern Europe; seventeenth
  • and eighteenth-century England and France; eighteenth-century France
  • PDR: Women's and Gender history
  • Seminar: Women's and Gender History

Professional affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Eighteenth-century Studies
  • French Historical Studies