Publication – Sylvia Garcia Delahaye (dir.), « Politique de l’enfance et de la jeunesse. La place des enfants et des jeunes dans la définition de politiques publiques », Édition de l’École d’études sociales et pédagogiques (Lausanne), 2018.

La place attribuée aux enfants et aux jeunes a beaucoup évolué depuis la création des premières politiques publiques les concernant. Cet ouvrage propose une réflexion à partir d’une nouvelle politique de l’enfance et de la jeunesse dans un canton suisse (Vaud).

Cette politique, encouragée par la Confédération, s’est construite avec la participation des acteurs étatiques et paraétatiques, de la population et en particulier des enfants et des jeunes.

Témoignage utile pour la création de nouvelles politiques publiques et pour la conception d’outils méthodologiques appropriés, l’ouvrage s’adresse à un public de décideurs et décideuses, de professionnel·le·s et d’étudiant·e·s.

Parution – James F. Stark, « The Cult of Youth. Anti-Ageing in Modern Britain », Cambridge University Press, 2020.

In this major new study, James F. Stark provides the first historical account of the most dominant ideas, practices, and material cultures associated with anti-ageing and rejuvenation in modern Britain. With a focus on the interwar period, his study uncovers the role of the commercial world in influencing attitudes towards ageing and youth. Stark argues that the technologies of anti-ageing, their commercialisation and their consumption made rejuvenation a possible and desirable aim in a period of socio-political instability, mechanised conflict and extending lifespans. Ultimately, Stark offers an innovative historical account, which draws together bodies, gender, science, medicine, advertising, and ageing, and shows how the quest for youth was transformed by social anxieties about an ageing population and economic crisis.

Publication – Daniel O’Connell et Scott Peters, « In the Struggle. A History of Politically Engaged Scholarship in California’s San Joaquin Valley », New-York UP, 2020

In the Struggle tells the story of the persistent engagement of eight public scholars spanning generations of sustained endeavor, a dogged war in which workers and scholars together repeatedly took on the powerful agricultural industry, the political machines, and even the universities.

The stories begin in the 1930s with Paul Taylor, a professor of economics at University of California, Berkeley, who pioneered field research and activism as he travelled through the areas marked by the Great Depression, together with his wife, photographer Dorothea Lange. Working in the heart of California’s agricultural Central Valley, Taylor was the first of a succession of scholars who shared the dual commitment to research and engagement, to making problems visible and to effecting change through strategic action. Taylor and Lange intentionally wove their political engagement into their identities and work as researchers, as they conducted studies, led strikes, organized underserved communities, founded community development programs, created nonprofit institutions, and more.

This book documents a tradition of politically engaged scholarship in one of the world’s most dramatic contexts, full of disparities and contradictions, but also ripe with opportunities to make a difference. It covers a struggle that continues undiminished in the present.

Publication – Kabria Baumgartner, « In Pursuit of Knowledge. Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America », New-York UP, 2019.

The story of school desegregation in the United States often begins in the mid-twentieth-century South. Drawing on archival sources and genealogical records, Kabria Baumgartner uncovers the story’s origins in the nineteenth-century Northeast and identifies a previously overlooked group of activists: African American girls and women.

In their quest for education, African American girls and women faced numerous obstacles—from threats and harassment to violence. For them, education was a daring undertaking that put them in harm’s way. Yet bold and brave young women such as Sarah Harris, Sarah Parker Remond, Rosetta Morrison, Susan Paul, and Sarah Mapps Douglass persisted.

In Pursuit of Knowledge argues that African American girls and women strategized, organized, wrote, and protested for equal school rights—not just for themselves, but for all. Their activism gave rise to a new vision of womanhood: the purposeful woman, who was learned, active, resilient, and forward-thinking. Moreover, these young women set in motion equal-school-rights victories at the local and state level, and laid the groundwork for further action to democratize schools in twentieth-century America. In this thought-provoking book, Baumgartner demonstrates that the confluence of race and gender has shaped the long history of school desegregation in the United States right up to the present.

Publication – Kathryn Schumaker, « Troublemakers. Students’ Rights and Racial Justice in the Long 1960s », New-York UP, 2019.

In the late 1960s, protests led by students roiled high schools across the country. As school desegregation finally took place on a wide scale, students of color were particularly vocal in contesting the racial discrimination they saw in school policies and practices. And yet, these young people had no legal right to express dissent at school. It was not until 1969 that the Supreme Court would recognize the First Amendment rights of students in the landmark Tinker v. Des Moines case.

A series of students’ rights lawsuits in the desegregation era challenged everything from school curricula to disciplinary policies. But in casting students as “troublemakers” or as “culturally deficient,” school authorities and other experts persuaded the courts to set limits on rights protections that made students of color disproportionately vulnerable to suspension and expulsion.

Troublemakers traces the history of black and Chicano student protests from small-town Mississippi to metropolitan Denver and beyond, showcasing the stories of individual protesters and demonstrating how their actions contributed to the eventual recognition of the constitutional rights of all students. Offering a fresh interpretation of this pivotal era, Troublemakers shows that when black and Chicano teenagers challenged racial discrimination in American public schools, they helped remake American constitutional law and establish protections of free speech, due process, equal protection, and privacy for students.

Publication – Susie Woo, « Framed by War. Korean Children and Women at the Crossroads of US Empire », New-York UP, 2019.

Korean children and women are the forgotten population of a forgotten war. Yet during and after the Korean War, they were central to the projection of US military, cultural, and political dominance. Framed by War examines how the Korean orphan, GI baby, adoptee, birth mother, prostitute, and bride emerged at the heart of empire. Strained embodiments of war, they brought Americans into Korea and Koreans into America in ways that defined, and at times defied, US empire in the Pacific.

What unfolded in Korea set the stage for US postwar power in the second half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. American destruction and humanitarianism, violence and care played out upon the bodies of Korean children and women. Framed by War traces the arc of intimate relations that served as these foundations. To suture a fragmented past, Susie Woo looks to US and South Korean government documents and military correspondence; US aid organization records; Korean orphanage registers; US and South Korean newspapers and magazines; and photographs, interviews, films, and performances. Integrating history with visual and cultural analysis, Woo chronicles how Americans went from knowing very little about Koreans to making them family, and how Korean children and women who did not choose war found ways to navigate its aftermath in South Korea, the United States, and spaces in between.

Publication – Carl Suddler, « Presumed Criminal. Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York », New-York UP, 2019.

A stark disparity exists between black and white youth experiences in the justice system today. Black youths are perceived to be older and less innocent than their white peers. When it comes to incarceration, race trumps class, and even as black youths articulate their own experiences with carceral authorities, many Americans remain surprised by the inequalities they continue to endure. In this revealing book, Carl Suddler brings to light a much longer history of the policies and strategies that tethered the lives of black youths to the justice system indefinitely.

The criminalization of black youth is inseparable from its racialized origins. In the mid-twentieth century, the United States justice system began to focus on punishment, rather than rehabilitation. By the time the federal government began to address the issue of juvenile delinquency, the juvenile justice system shifted its priorities from saving delinquent youth to purely controlling crime, and black teens bore the brunt of the transition.

In New York City, increased state surveillance of predominantly black communities compounded arrest rates during the post–World War II period, providing justification for tough-on-crime policies. Questionable police practices, like stop-and-frisk, combined with media sensationalism, cemented the belief that black youth were the primary cause for concern. Even before the War on Crime, the stakes were clear: race would continue to be the crucial determinant in American notions of crime and delinquency, and black youths condemned with a stigma of criminality would continue to confront the overwhelming power of the state.

Publication – Joshua M. Myers, « We Are Worth Fighting For. A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989 », New-York UP, 2019

We Are Worth Fighting For is the first history of the 1989 Howard University protest. The three-day occupation of the university’s Administration Building was a continuation of the student movements of the sixties and a unique challenge to the politics of the eighties. Upset at the university’s appointment of the Republican strategist Lee Atwater to the Board of Trustees, students forced the issue by shutting down the operations of the university. The protest, inspired in part by the emergence of “conscious” hip hop, helped to build support for the idea of student governance and drew upon a resurgent black nationalist ethos.

At the center of this story is a student organization known as Black Nia F.O.R.C.E. Co-founded by Ras Baraka, the group was at the forefront of organizing the student mobilization at Howard during the spring of 1989 and thereafter. We Are Worth Fighting For explores how black student activists—young men and women— helped shape and resist the rightward shift and neoliberal foundations of American politics. This history adds to the literature on Black campus activism, Black Power studies, and the emerging histories of African American life in the 1980s.

Publication – Mercedes Pérez Montes (dir.), « Historia del Archivo de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1836-2006) », 2019.

Resumen. Los archivos, habituales fuentes de información para la Historia, pueden también convertirse en objeto de estudio. Conocer sus orígenes, su lugar dentro de las instituciones, su ubicación, las personas que los han servido, los fondos que se han ido incorporando y los que se han perdido irremediablemente, resulta imprescindible para comprender su presente. En el caso del Archivo de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, era necesario dar un paso más allá. Para reconstruir su trayectoria, resulta ineludible asomarse a la evolución de las políticas educativas y archivísticas del país, y a la de la propia Universidad. Estas páginas intentan recoger todos estos aspectos, sin restar relevancia a su protagonista principal: el Archivo.

Publication – « Movimientos sociales y educación », revue Historia de la Educación, 2018 (Espagne)


  • Movimientos sociales y educación




Publication – Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, n° 32/1, 2019 (Canada)

Special Contribution

Focus on Higher Education


Publication – Historical Studies in Education / Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, n° 31/2, 2019 (Canada)


Publication – IJHE Bildungsgeschichte. International Journal for the Historiography of Education, n° 1/2020 (Allemagne)


  • Merkverse, Lerngeschichten, Merkhände: Didaktische Praktiken im lateinischen Anfangsunterricht der Frühen Neuzeit [Memory devices, storytelling, and body mnemonics: Teaching Latin in early modern times]
  • How schools came to democratize merit, formalize achievement, and naturalize privilege: The case of the United States
  • « Balance of mind […] seems more necessary than the promotion of teaching machines » – Technology in Swiss schools in the 1960s
  • Transformative Theory of Bildung: A new chapter in the German tale of Bildung


  • The next generation of academics at the parting between academic technicians and social justice warriors

Publication – History of Education Review, vol. 48/2, 2019 (Australie et Nouvelle-Zélande)

Publication – História da educação, vol. 20/1, 2020 (Brésil)



Publication – History of Education Quarterly, vol. 60/1, 2020 (États-Unis)

HES Presidential Address


60th Anniversary HEQ Forum

Publication – Eden K. McLean, « Mussolini’s Children. Race and Elementary Education in Fascist Italy », 2018.

Mussolini’s Children uses the lens of state-mandated youth culture to analyze the evolution of official racism in Fascist Italy. Between 1922 and 1940, educational institutions designed to mold the minds and bodies of Italy’s children between the ages of five and eleven undertook a mission to rejuvenate the Italian race and create a second Roman Empire. This project depended on the twin beliefs that the Italian population did indeed constitute a distinct race and that certain aspects of its moral and physical makeup could be influenced during childhood.

Eden K. McLean assembles evidence from state policies, elementary textbooks, pedagogical journals, and other educational materials to illustrate the contours of a Fascist racial ideology as it evolved over eighteen years. Her work explains how the most infamous period of Fascist racism, which began in the summer of 1938 with the publication of the “Manifesto of Race,” played a critical part in a more general and long-term Fascist racial program. 

Publication – Jan Surman, « Universities in Imperial Austria 1848-1918: A Social History of a Multilingual Space », 2019.

Combining history of science and a history of universities with the new imperial history, Universities in Imperial Austria 1848–1918: A Social History of a Multilingual Space by Jan Surman analyzes the practice of scholarly migration and its lasting influence on the intellectual output in the Austrian part of the Habsburg Empire.

The Habsburg Empire and its successor states were home to developments that shaped Central Europe’s scholarship well into the twentieth century. Universities became centers of both state- and nation-building, as well as of confessional resistance, placing scholars if not in conflict, then certainly at odds with the neutral international orientation of academe.

By going beyond national narratives, Surman reveals the Empire as a state with institutions divided by language but united by legislation, practices, and other influences. Such an approach allows readers a better view to how scholars turned gradually away from state-centric discourse to form distinct language communities after 1867; these influences affected scholarship, and by examining the scholarly record, Surman tracks the turn.

Drawing on archives in Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ukraine, Surman analyzes the careers of several thousand scholars from the faculties of philosophy and medicine of a number of Habsburg universities, thus covering various moments in the history of the Empire for the widest view. Universities in Imperial Austria 1848–1918 focuses on the tension between the political and linguistic spaces scholars occupied and shows that this tension did not lead to a gradual dissolution of the monarchy’s academia, but rather to an ongoing development of new strategies to cope with the cultural and linguistic multitude.

Publication – Scott O. Moore, « Teaching the Empire: Education and State Loyalty in Late Habsburg Austria », 2020.

Teaching the Empireexplores how Habsburg Austria utilized education to cultivate the patriotism of its people. Public schools have been a tool for patriotic development in Europe and the United States since their creation in the nineteenth century. On a basic level, this civic education taught children about their state while also articulating the common myths, heroes, and ideas that could bind society together. For the most part historians have focused on the development of civic education in nation-states like Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. There has been an assumption that the multinational Habsburg Monarchy did not, or could not, use their public schools for this purpose. Teaching the Empire proves this was not the case.

Through a robust examination of the civic education curriculum used in the schools of Habsburg from 1867–1914, Moore demonstrates that Austrian authorities attempted to forge a layered identity rooted in loyalties to an individual’s home province, national group, and the empire itself. Far from seeing nationalism as a zero-sum game, where increased nationalism decreased loyalty to the state, officials felt that patriotism could only be strong if regional and national identities were equally strong. The hope was that this layered identity would create a shared sense of belonging among populations that may not share the same cultural or linguistic background.

Austrian civic education was part of every aspect of school life—from classroom lessons to school events. This research revises long-standing historical notions regarding civic education within Habsburg and exposes the complexity of Austrian identity and civil society, deservedly integrating the Habsburg Monarchy into the broader discussion of the role of education in modern society.