Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christy Pichichero

Christy Pichichero

Christy Pichichero

Assistant Professor

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 Ecole 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 Board of Directors of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era (http://www.revolutionaryera.org/).

Dr. Pichichero is a literary scholar and cultural historian of early modern France, from the late sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century.  Her book manuscript, The Military Enlightenment in France: 1701-1789, combines the study of literary works, treatises of moral philosophy, and archival military writings to show the ways that the military sphere both generated and applied French Enlightenment ideas with regard to the phenomenon of war, the human body and emotions, social equality, and human rights.  Dr. Pichichero’s second book project engages the methods of Digital Humanities research to study the functioning of journalistic propaganda during the Old Regime.

Dr. Pichichero currently serves on the Diversity Committee of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and has served on Mason’s Faculty Senate Technology Policy Committee.

Selected Publications

“Moralizing War: Military Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France.” France and Its Spaces of War: Experience, Memory, Image, ed. by Daniel Brewer, Patricia Lorcin. Palgrave Macmillan (September 2009).

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

Recent Presentations

“‘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.

“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.