Christy L Pichichero

Christy L Pichichero

Christy L Pichichero

Graduate Academic Advisor

Assistant Professor

French: War and Culture; Early Modern French History, Art, and Literature; Digital Humanities; History of Newspapers and Information Networks; Theater; Human Rights and Social Justice; Medical History; History of Emotion; Women’s Writing and History; Multiculturalism in France.

Dr. Christy Pichichero (\pi-‘ki-kə-rō\) received her B.A. from Princeton University (Comparative Literature), a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music (Voice and Opera), and her Ph.D. from Stanford University (French Studies).  She has held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, King’s College at the University of Cambridge, and the École Normale Supérieure – rue d’Ulm. While holding a postdoctoral fellowship in Stanford’s Introduction to the Humanities Program, Dr. Pichichero was a faculty member and Director of the Middlebury French School (Mills College campus).  She currently serves on the Governing Council of the Western Society for French History, the Board of Directors of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, and the Presidential Advisory Committee of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Dr. Pichichero is a literary scholar and cultural historian of early modern France (Renaissance through Napoleonic era).  Her first book, The Military Enlightenment: War and Culture in the French Empire from Louis XIV to Napoleon (Cornell University Press, 2017) has been shortlisted for the 2017 Kenshur Prize. The book argues that "military enlightenment" is not a paradoxical expression, but rather one of the most important synergies and legacies of the Enlightenment. Combining the study of literary works, art, treatises of moral philosophy, and martial writings dating to the period of the first global wars, the book traces an evolving public discourse on how to wage war efficiently, effectively, and yet humanely. Dr. Pichichero’s current research projects focus on early modern journalism and on theorizing war, violence, and representation in early modern literature, visual and performing arts. 

Dr. Pichichero has more than twenty years of experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work and has held multiple leadership positions at Stanford, GMU, and in the profession. At George Mason, she is currently developing and implementing DEI strategy as the University Faculty Fellow in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and as the  Coordinator of College Diversity and Global Education in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Pichichero is co-editor of a forthcoming H-FRANCE salon on structural racism and organized a plenary roundtable on structural racism with an accompanying pedagogical workshop at the 2017 Western Society for French History conference (video of this session can be seen on the media page of Dr. Pichichero's website, She has also spoken on structural racism in the discipline, teaching about race in the eighteenth century, and will run a Presidential Session on race at the ASECS 50th anniversary meeting in Denver, CO (2019). As chair of the Diversity and Inclusion committee of the Western Society for French History, Dr. Pichichero led the team that created the society's new mission statement, founded the society's mentoring program, and proposed a new mission prize honoring a scholar who has made remarkable contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession. At Stanford, she worked with the Faculty Development and Diversity office to produce the video series “Student Voices: Why Faculty Diversity” that educates faculty on why diversity in the academy, and therefore in faculty hiring, matters. She also worked with the Vice Provost for Graduate Education to pioneer the DARE program, which is a preparing future faculty program for doctoral candidates whose presence would diversify their respective fields. Dr. Pichichero currently is Graduate Advisor of French and serves on the Academic Initiatives and External Academic Relations university standing committees as well as the Ph.D. Admissions Committee in the Department of History and Art History. She previously served on the Diversity Committee of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Pride Week Planning Committee, and the Faculty Senate Technology Policy Committee. She is an active student mentor and has worked extensively on inclusive teaching and syllabus constructions as well as issues of structural discrimination in the academy.

Selected Publications




“Pierre Corneille and Military Drama: Power, Potlatch, Mérite,” Modern Language Notes, Volume 132, Number 4 (September 2017), 1090-1117.

“Words of the ‘Wise Captain’:
Corneille, Le Cid, and Fidelity,” Renaissance Drama, Volume 43, Number 1 (Spring 2015), 27-52.

“Le Soldat Sensible: Military Psychology and Social Egalitarianism in the Enlightenment French Army,” French Historical Studies, Volume 31, Number 4 (Fall 2008), 553-580.


“Language, Poetry, and Rhetoric: 1650-1800” in A Cultural History of Ideas in the Age of Enlightenment, eds. Sophia Rosenfeld and Peter Struck (under contract with Bloomsbury Press) – invited, in progress. 

“Moralizing War: Military Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France” in France and Its Spaces of War: Experience, Memory, Image, eds. Daniel Brewer and Patricia Lorcin (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 13-27 – peer-reviewed.


“Thinking about Caring: Culture, Methods, History,” The Bloomington Workshop Proceedings, Number 4 (2016), 108-112.


Co-editor (with Emily Marker), H-FRANCE SALON: Structural Racism in French and Francophone Culture and History (in progress, 2018)


­Review of David Bien, Interpreting the Old Regime (Oxford: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2014), French Studies, Volume 70, Issue 1 (2016), 104-105. 

Review of Stéphane Genêt, Les espions des lumières: Actions secrètes et espionage militaire sous Louis XV (Paris: Nouveau Monde éditions et Ministère de la Défense, 2013), H-FRANCE, Vol. 14 (January 2014), No. 7.

Grants and Fellowships


Tyree-Lamb Fellowship, The Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, DC, 2015.

West Point Military Academy, West Point, New York. Summer Seminar Fellowship in Military History, 2007.

Cambridge University, King’s College, Cambridge, England. Visiting junior fellow, 2005-2006.

L’École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France. Exchange award, 2005-2006.

The Georges Lurcy Fellowship for Research in France, 2005-2006.


Mathy Junior Faculty Award, George Mason University, 2015-2016.

Departmental Research Grant, George Mason University, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014.

G.J. Lieberman Fellowship for Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Service, Stanford University, 2007-2008.

Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, 2006-2007.

Graduate Research Opportunity Fund, Stanford University, Summer 2007.

Department Fellowship, Stanford University, 2002-2005.


Stanford University, Stanford, California

Ph.D. in French Studies, 2008

Dissertation: "Battles of the Self: War and Subjectivity in Early-Modern France"

Committee: Keith Baker, Dan Edelstein, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

L’École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Visiting student researcher, Spring 2006

King’s College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

King’s College visiting junior fellow, Fall 2005

Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York

B.M. Magna Cum Laude in Applied Music (Voice - mezzosoprano), 2000

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

A.B. in Comparative Literature; Certificate in Italian, 1998

Thesis: “Artistic Convergence: the Fêtes galantes of Antoine Watteau, Paul Verlaine, and Claude Debussy”

Committee: Sandra Bermann, Robert Hollander

Recent Presentations


"Watteau's Soldiers: Bodies, War, and Enlightenment" at the Frick Collection, September 21, 2016.

“Resisting Terror, Resisting Robespierre: A Literary Perspective.” Plenary comment. American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Orlando, FL. March 2018.

“The Military Enlightenment: Mentalities and Legacies in France and Beyond.” Lecture. Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan. May 16, 2017.

Plenary Lecture, Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. February 2020.


“Critical Race Studies and the Multicultural French Enlightenment,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Orlando, FL, March 23-March 25, 2018.

“Painting Military Crisis: War and Representation in the War of Spanish Succession,” Society for French Historical Studies, Washington, DC, April 20-22, 2017.

“Beyond Liberalism: Real Pathways to Inclusiveness in the Professoriate,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Minneapolis, MN, March 30-April 2, 2017.

“Military Capital 
Punishment, Human Rights, and Sentimental Literature in Enlightenment France,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Pittsburgh, PA, March 30-April 2, 2016.

“Patriotic Mythmaking and the ‘Enlightened’ Military Hero,” Western Society for French History, Chicago, IL, November 5-7, 2015.

“Humanity in War:
Sensibility, Care, and Human Rights in the Enlightenment French Military,” Bloomington Eighteenth-Century Studies Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, May 2015.

“Medical Military Enlightenment: Humanity, War, Medicine, and the Eighteenth-Century Origins of the Red Cross and Geneva Convention,” American Association for the History of Medicine, New Haven, CT, April 30-May 3, 2015.

“Humanity, Enlightenment, and the Armed Forces of Eighteenth-Century France,” Old Regime Group, Baltimore, MD, March 28, 2015.

“‘Ludunt in Armis’: Laughter and Theatres of War in the French Enlightenment, “Society for French Studies, Aberdeen, Scotland, June 20-July 2, 2014.

“‘Militat omnis amans’:
 Theatres of Sex, Identity, and Emotional Community in the War of Austrian Succession,” Society for French Historical Studies, Montréal, Canada. April 24-26, 2014.

“‘Il faut armer vos compagnes chéries’: Imagining French National Heroines during the Enlightenment.” Panel: The Nature of Beauty and Influence: Women as Power-Brokers and Heroes in Early Modern France, Society for French Historical Studies, Cambridge, MA. April 4-6, 2013.

“Le “coeur des humains” à la guerre: Emotion in Military Thought of the French Enlightenment.” Panel: Emotion, Family, and War in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France, Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Fort Worth, TX. February 21-23, 2013.

“Inventing Heroes of the ‘Fatherland’: Representations of Noble Military Service in La Gazette during the Thirty Years’ War, 1635-1648.” Panel: Warriors for King and Christ: Noble Violence in Early Modern France, Western Society for French History, Banff, Canada. October 11-13, 2012.