Jennifer Sessions

Jennifer Sessions
Adjunct Associate Professor
Modern France
European empires
Cultural history
France and its overseas empire
Culture and politics

Jennifer Sessions' research interests center on the relationship between France and its overseas empire, and on the intersections of culture and politics. Her recent book, By Sword and Plow: France and the Conquest of Algeria (Cornell University Press, 2011), uses archival, visual, and literary sources to trace the foundation of the French settler colony in Algeria in the mid-nineteenth century. Listen to a New Books in History podcast interview regarding this book  here. She is currently at work on two projects exploring settler practices of commemoration in colonial Algeria and the 1901 "Margueritte Revolt" and subsequent trial of the accused Algerian participants. Professor Sessions joined the History Department in 2005 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Sessions has accepted a position in the History Department at the University of Virginia beginning fall 2018.

Awards & Service: 
  • Mary Alice and Philip Boucher Book Prize for 2011, French Colonial Historical Society Co-Director, European Studies Group, 2011-
  • International Programs Summer Research Fellowship, 2011
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2007
  • Kluge Fellow, W. Kluge Center for Scholars, Library of Congress, 2007-08
  • Old Gold Summer Research Fellowship, University of Iowa, Summer 2006
  • University of Pennsylvania, Teaching Critical Writing Fellowship, 2004-05 (declined)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin Graduate Fellowship, 1997-2003
  • Societe des Professeurs Francais et Francophones d'Amerique, Jeanne Marandon Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2001-02
  • French Government Cultural Service, Bourse Chateaubriand for Dissertation Research, 2000-01
  • Fulbright Dissertation Research Grant, France (declined)
  • Harvard University, Augustus J. Tower Fellowship for French Studies, 1996-97
  • Harvard University, Ecole Normale Superieure Residential Exchange Fellowship, 1996-97