Jennifer Davis

Associate Professor

Professor Davis’s book, Defining Culinary Authority: The Transformation of Cooking in France, 1650-1830 appeared in 2013 with LSU Press. This book examines a wide variety of archival sources to explore the economic and social forces that shaped culinary labor in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Professor Davis has now launched a new project on the crime of libertinage in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France, focusing on how this crime of religious deviance in the seventeenth century came to connote sexual deviance by the end of the eighteenth century. Professor Davis teaches courses on modern Europe, the French Revolution and Napoleon, European women’s and gender history, and consumer society in modern Europe.