Claire Cage

Claire Cage



B.A.,  Dartmouth College
M.A.,  Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D.,  Johns Hopkins University


Claire Cage is a French and gender historian. Her first book, Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2015. The European History Section of the Southern Historical Association awarded it the Baker-Burton Prize for the best first book on European History published between 2013-17.  She is currently working on a book project on the history of forensic medicine in nineteenth-century France.




Unnatural Frenchmen: The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815 (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015)



“Child Sexual Abuse and Medical Expertise in Nineteenth-Century France,” French Historical Studies 42, no. 3 (2019): 391-421.

“Regards croisés sur le mariage à l’époque révolutionnaire et impériale,” with Jennifer Heuer, Andrea Mansker, Meghan Roberts, and Anne Verjus in Annales historiques de la Révolution française 388, no. 2 (2017): 143-71.

"'Celibacy is a Social Crime': The Politics of Clerical Marriage, 1794-1799,” French Historical Studies, vol. 36, no. 4 (2013): 601-28.

“The Sartorial Self: Neoclassical Fashion and Gender Identity in France, 1797-1804,” Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 42, no. 2 (2009): 193–215.


Book Chapters

“Crime, Law, and Justice,” in Life in Revolutionary France, edited by Mette Harder and Jennifer Heuer, Bloomsbury Press (2020)


  • HY 102 History of Western Civilization II
  • HY 355 Old Regime and Revolutionary France
  • HY 390 The Body, Medicine, and Society in Europe
  • HY 390 Crime and Punishment in Britain, 1500-1900 (study abroad)
  • HY 442 Undergraduate Research Seminar: Trials in History
  • HY 457/557 France and Europe in the Era of Napoleon
  • HY 457/557 Gender and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • HY 458/558 Sex, Celibacy, and Marriage in the Christian West
  • HY 590  The Making of Modern France