Carolyn Lougee Chappell

Frances and Charles Field Professor in History, Emerita

At Stanford Since

Ph.D., University of Michigan; A.B., Smith College

Research Interests

  • Huguenot emigration at the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
  • Autobiography
  • Education of Girls in Early Modern France

Courses Taught

Graduate Colloquia

  • Absolutism and Aristocracy: A Comparative Study of Elites in France, England, and Prussia, 1600-1789
  • Studies in the Enlightenment
  • Social History of Early Modern Europe
  • Quantitative Methods for Social Historians
  • Women's History
  • Ancient Regime France
  • Family and Social History
  • Core Colloquium in European History
  • Historical Methods

Undergraduate Lecture Courses

  • Machiavellian Moments: Europe, 1492-1793
  • The Age of Reason and Enlightenment: Intellectual History of Europe in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  • France in the Age of Absolutism: Social History
  • Women, Family, and Society in Europe
  • History 1: Europe from Late Antiquity to the Reformation
  • History 2: Europe and Beyond, 1500-1785
  • Family and Society in Europe
  • France in the Old Regime, 1500-1715

Undergraduate Colloquia

  • The European Family in Historical Perspective
  • Women, Family, and Society in Europe
  • French Revolutionary Thought
  • The World of the Enlightenment
  • France in the Age of Louis XIV: History through Primary Documents
  • Private Lives, Public Stories: Autobiography in Women's History
  • The Historian and the Computer
  • Historiography: Microhistories
  • 1492: New Worlds for Old
  • Paris and Politics
  • The Enlightenment and the Arts



  • Le Paradis des Femmes: Women, Salons, and Social Stratification in Seventeenth-Century France (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976)
  • 'Blest By Suns of Home': Exile and Refuge In the Channel Lands, 1680-1720 (long-term project, in progress)
  • Death at School: Saint-Cyr in the Eighteenth Century (completed)


  • "The Would-Be Gentleman," currently distributed by the author



  • Nina Rattner Gelbart, The King’s Midwife: A History and Mystery of Madame du Coudray, on H-France [H-Net] (September 1999)
  • Flora Fraser, The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline, on History Reviews On-Line (summer 1998)
  • Michel Vovelle, ed., "Enlightenment Portraits," in The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography
  • Margaret R. Hunt, "The Middling Sort: Commerce, Gender, and the Family in England, 1680-1780," in The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms 3 (1998), 140-41.
  • Steven Laurence Kaplan, The Bakers of Paris and the Bread Question, 1700-1775, on H-France [H-Net]
  • Anne Goldgar, "Impolite Learning: Conduct and Community in the Republic of Letters, 1680-1750," in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 1996
  • Michael Berube and Cary Nelson, eds., "Higher Education Under Fire: Politics, Economics, and the Crisis of the Humanities," in Academe (July/August 1996), 69-7
  • Vincent J. Pitts, La Grande Mademoiselle at the Court of France, 1627-1693, on H-France [H-Net] (October 2001)
  • Mita Choudhury, Convents and Nuns in Eighteenth-Century French Politics and Culture, H-France, forthcoming.
  • David I. Kertzer and Marzio Barbagli, eds., "Family Life in Early Modern Times, 1500-1789," in The Historian, forthcoming.
  • Against Marriage: The Correspondence of La Grande Mademoiselle. Ed. and trans. Joan DeJean. University of Chicago Press, 2002.
  • Three Cartesian Feminist Treatises. Intro and Ed. Marcelle Maistre Welch. Trans. Vivien Bosley. University of Chicago Press, 2002 for H-France, September 2003


  • Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Distinguished Service to Undergraduate Education, Stanford University
  • Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University
  • Inaugural Recipient, Allan V. Cox Medal for Excellence in Furthering Undergraduate Research, Stanford University
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
  • First Prize, EDUCOM-NCRIPTAL Higher Education Software Award
  • Second Prize, Wheels For The Mind National Contest for Instructional Software
  • Elected Chair, Faculty Senate, Stanford University
  • Chappell-Lougee Scholars Program at Stanford University named in my honor, upon my retirement as Dean in 1987
  • Honorary Member, Cap and Gown
  • Elected Member, American Historical Association Teaching Divisional Committee
  • Mellon Grant for Faculty Research Leave
  • Graves Foundation Award
  • American Council of Learned Societies Grant-in-Aid
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
  • Fellowship, Newberry Library Family History Seminar
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Smith College

University Service

  • Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, 1982-87, 1989-91
  • Senior Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, 1991-92
  • Dean of Undergraduate Studies, 1982-87
  • Chair, Department of History, 1998-2005

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Society for French Historical Studies
  • Western Society for French History
  • Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession
  • Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland