She completed her Ph.D. in European history at the University of Chicago and taught at Harvard University (1988-1995) as an assistant and associate professor, and then at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada (1995-2004) as associate professor, before joining UCLA as professor of history in July 2004.
Her first book, Creating the Nation in Provincial France: Religion and Political Identity in Brittany (Princeton University Press, 1993) explores religion, nation formation, and the creation of regional and religious identities in France at the beginning of the twentieth century. Her second book, Divided Houses: Religion and Gender in Modern France (Cornell University Press, 2005), focuses on the feminization of religion in postrevolutionary France and its impact on the civil/political status of women and the creation of a distinctive laïc republican political culture by the early twentieth century. She has recently finished a book manuscript on the transformation of environmental sensibilities in France between 1789 and 1940, which has been published as Natural Interests: The Contest over Environment in Modern France" (Harvard University Press, 2016), and she has begun to do research on a new book-length project on the Paris housing crisis and the emergence of architectural modernism, 1894 to 1940.
Caroline Ford teaches courses on modern France, French colonialism and the Algerian war, the history of Paris, modern European History, and European landscape and environmental history in comparative perspective.
A recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, she was awarded a fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 2011-12.
"The Inheritance of Empire and the Ruins of Rome in French Colonial Algeria," in eds. Paul Betts and Corey Ross, Heritage in the Modern World: Historical Preservation in Global Perspective, Past and Present Supplement 10, 226 (Feb. 2015): 57-77.
"National Parks and Natural Reserves in French Colonial Africa," in Civilizing Nature: National Parks in Global Historical Perspective, ed. Bernhard Gissibl, Sabine Höhler and Patrick Kupper (New York: Berghahn Books, 2012)
"Museums After Empire in Metropolitan and Overseas France," Journal of Modern History 83, no. 3 (September 2010): 625-61.
"'Peasants Into Frenchmen' Thirty Years After" in a dossier on "Revisiting Eugen Weber's Peasants Into Frenchmen" in French Politics, Culture and Society 27, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 84-93.
Co-editor with Tamara Whited of a special issue, "New Directions in French Environmental History," French Historical Studies, 32, no. 3 (Summer 2009).
"Reforestation, Landscape Conservation, and the Anxieties of Empire in French Colonial Algeria" American Historical Review (April, 2008): 341-362. Winner of the William Koren, Jr. Prize, 2009.
“Eugen Weber: El historiador como Viajero,” Historia Social 62 (2008): 121-31.
"Nature's Fortunes: New Directions in European Environmental History," Journal of Modern History (March 2007).
Divided Houses: Religion and Gender in Modern France (Cornell University Press, 2005).
“Nature, Culture, and Conservation in France and Her Colonies, 1840-1940,” Past and Present, no. 183 (May 2004): 173-198.
“Nationalism,” in Encyclopedia of European Social History, ed. Peter Stearns, vol. 2 (New York: Scribner, 2001).
“Landscape and Environment in French Geographical and Historical Thought: New Directions in French Historical Writing,” French Historical Studies, vol. 24 (Winter 2001).
“The Use and Practices of Tradition in the Politicization of Rural France in the Nineteenth Century,” in La politisation des campagnes au XIXe siècle (France, Italie, Espagne, Portugal, et Grèce), eds. Maurice Agulhon et Gilles Pécout (Rome: Ecole Française de Rome, 2001).
“Story-Telling and the Social Imagery of Religious Conflict in 19th-Century France: The Case of Jeanne Francoise Le Monnier,” in The Moral World of the Law, eds., Chris Wickham and Peter Coss, Past and Present Publications (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
“Violence and the Sacred in Nineteenth-Century France,” French Historical Studies, vol. 21, no. 1 (Winter 1998).
Creating the Nation In Provincial France: Religion and Political Identity in Brittany (Princeton University Press, 1993).
Modern France, environmental history; urban and architectural history
Lauren Janes (Ph.D. 2011)
Deborah Bauer (Ph.D. 2013)
Rachel Schley (Ph.D. 2015)
Current Courses by Term
Previous Courses by Term
Previous Courses by Course
History of France: France, 1715 to 1871
Capstone Seminar: History -- Europe
Paris: Biography of City from 1715 to World War II
2015 Fall Quarter
History of France: Making of Modern France, 1871 to Present
Introduction to Western Civilization: Circa 1715 to Present
Seminar: Modern European History
Seminar: Modern European History
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in European History
Topics in History: Modern Europe
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- Europe
Colloquium for Entering Graduate Students in Modern European History
2007 Fall Quarter
History of France: Making of Modern France, 1871 to the Present
Undergraduate Variable Topics Seminars: Europe