Andrew Israel Ross
Department of History ∙ University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive Box 5047 Hattiesburg, MS 39406


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ph.D. in History, December 2011
Dissertation: “Urban Desires: Practicing Pleasure in the ‘City of Light,’ 1848-1900”
Chair: Joshua Cole
Committee: Scott Spector, Kathleen Canning, David Caron
Fields: Modern France (Major), Transnational History of Sexuality (Minor), American Cultural History (Distribution), Women’s Studies (Cognate)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.A. in History, December 2007

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude, May 2005
Minor: International and Area Studies
Honors Thesis: “Quantity and Quality: Male Homosexuality, Depopulation, and National Decline in France, c. 1871-1930”
Advisor: Steven C. Hause

Keble College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Visiting Student in Modern History, 2003-2004


University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
Assistant Professor of History, August 2014 – Present
Nina Bell Suggs Professor, May 2017 – Present
Affiliate Faculty Member, Women’s and Gender Studies

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, July 2011 – June 2014

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Graduate Student Instructor, Department of History, September 2006 – May 2010


History of Sexuality; Modern Europe; Gender History; Modern France; Comparative United States/Europe; Urban Culture; Popular Culture; Everyday Life; Prostitution; Homosexuality; Feminist and Queer Theory



Public City/Public Sex: Homosexuality, Prostitution, and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris, Under Contract with Temple University Press (In Progress)

Edited Collections

Co-Edited with Nina Kushner, French Histories of Sexuality: Enlightenment to the Present Day (Proposal Under Review)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Sex in the Archives: Homosexuality, Prostitution, and the Archives de la Préfecture de Police de Paris,” French Historical Studies 40.2 (2017): 267-290.

“Serving Sex: Playing with Prostitution in the Brasseries à femmes of Late Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 24.2 (2015): 288-313.

Other Articles

Co-Authored with Douglas Bristol, “Hunting Homosexuals at Southern Miss: From the Journal of William D. McCain, 1955-1965,” (December 2015),

“Dirty Desire: The Uses and Misuses of Public Urinals in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” The Berkeley Journal of Sociology 53 (2009): 62-88.


Review of Brigstocke, Julian, The Life of the City: Space, Humour, and the Experience of Truth in Fin-de-Siècle Montmartre, Contemporary French Civilization 41.1 (2016): 114-116.

Review of Dussault, Eric, L’Invention de Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Contemporary French Civilization 40.2 (July 2015): 297-298.

Review of Irwin, Dana Drew, “Revolutionary Histrionics: Violence and the Creation of Bourgeois Masculinity in Post-Napoleonic France, 1815-1848,” Dissertation Reviews (2014),

Review of Gershenson, Olga and Barbara Penner, ed., Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender, H-Histsex, H-Net Reviews (November 2010),


Invited Presentations

“The Brothel, the Police, and the Economy of Desire in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Department of French and Francophone Studies, University of Illinois – Chicago, Chicago IL, 2015

“The Signs of Sex: The Making of a Public Sexual Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” French and Italian Department, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 2014

“Sexing the City: Solicitation, Public Space, and the Sexual Culture of Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality History Workshop, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2013

“The Politics of Pleasure: Sex and Space in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Libidinal Investments: Emerging Scholarship on Sexualities and the Social, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2012

“On Prostitutes and Pederasts in Nineteenth-Century France,” Post-Graduate Seminar, University of London in Paris, France, 2009

Conference Papers

““Embodying Indecency: Policing Acts and Identities in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” American Historical Association, Washington, DC, 2018

“The Brothel and the Urinal: Regulating the Body in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Western Society for French History, Chicago, IL, 2015

“‘The Commerce of Pleasure:’ Constructing Prostitution in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Western Society for French History, San Antonio, TX, 2014

“Soliciting in the City: Sexual Knowledge, Circulation, and Urban Culture in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Western Society for French History, Atlanta, GA, 2013

“Denouncing the Police: Prostitution, Respectability, and Conflicts Over Urban Space in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Society for French Historical Studies, Cambridge, MA, 2013

“The Pleasures of Everyday Life: Café Culture, Prostitution, and the Serving Girl,” Society for French Historical Studies, Los Angeles, CA, 2012

“Invading the Neighborhood: Public Sexuality and the Defense of Personal and Private Space in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Society for French Historical Studies, Tempe, AZ, 2010

“Dissolving Boundaries: Urban Space and the Sexual Cultures of Nineteenth-Century Paris,” “Gender, Place and Space,” Gender Studies Program, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 2010

“‘Une espèce de folie érotique:’ Identifying the Normal in the Perverted Space of Nineteenth-Century Paris,” “Penser le charnel,” Institut d’histoire du temps présent, Paris, France, 2009

“Dirty Desire: The Public Urinals of Nineteenth-Century Paris,” “New Frontiers in Graduate History,” Department of History, York University, Toronto, ON, 2008


“Teaching Gender and Sexuality in French History,” Western Society for French History, Reno, NV, 2017

Faculty Research Roundtable, Urban Studies Collective Colloquium, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 2017

“Sexual Revolution?: Re-framing Historiographic ‘Old Regimes’ through the History of Sexuality,” Western Society for French History, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2016

“Sexuality, Migration, and Urban Space Across the Modern World,” American Historical Association, Atlanta, GA, 2016


“Sex and Gender in France, 1750-1870,” Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2017

“The Pleasures of Everyday Life: Public Space, Prostitution, and the Serving Girl in Nineteenth-Century Paris,” Kenyon Seminar, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 2012

“Urban Cosmopolitanism in the Center of Empire: Cultural Politics, Local and Global,” Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2011

“Streetwalking the Boulevards of Paris: Urban Life and the Emergence of a Public Sexual Culture,” European History Workshop, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2011

Comments on Scholarly Panels

“Radicals and Resistance in France and Germany (1848-1945),” European History Workshop Graduate Student Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010


National and International

Edouard Morot-Sir Fellowship in French Studies, Institut Français d’Amérique, 2013

Georges Lurcy Fellowship, Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, 2010-2011

University of Southern Mississippi

Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship, 2017 – Present

Summer Grant for the Improvement of Instruction, 2017

Nomination for National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2016

Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award, 2016

Kenyon College

Faculty Development Grant, 2013

Nomination for Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, 2012

University of Michigan

Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (Declined), 2012-2013

Rackham Graduate School One-Term Dissertation Fellowship, 2011

Rackham Graduate School International Research Award, 2009

Rackham Graduate School Humanities Research Candidacy Fellowship, 2009

Department of History Fellowship, 2008

Department of History Fellowship, 2005-2006

Washington University in St. Louis

The Virginia and William E. Cornelius Scholarship, 2002-2005

International Activities Fund Recipient, 2005

Runner-Up, Southeast Asian Studies Best Essay Contest, 2003


Early Modern and Modern Europe; Modern France; History of Sexuality; Gender History; Women’s Studies; Sexuality Studies; Historical Methods; Social and Cultural History; Urban History; Fascism; The Enlightenment; The French Revolution; Citizenship and Nationalism; Imperialism; World History; Critical Theory


Assistant Professor of History, University of Southern Mississippi

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 102: World Civilizations II
  • HIS 102: World Civilizations II Online
  • HIS 102H: World Civilizations II Honors
  • HIS 333: Europe in the Nineteenth Century
  • HIS 400: Senior History Capstone Seminar
  • HIS 423: Gay and Lesbian History
  • HIS 456: Nazi Germany
  • HIS 479: Topics in American History: History in the Digital Age (Scheduled)
  • HIS 482CA: Special Topics: Nationalism in France and Germany
  • HIS 492: Independent Study
  • HIS 734: Seminar in Western European History

Graduate Student Advising:

  • Master’s Thesis Committee Member, Anna Rikki Nelson, “Shaken, Not Stirred: British Masculinity and National Identity during the Cold War” (Defended Spring 2016)

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Kenyon College

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 131: Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 132: Modern Europe
  • HIST 235: Modern France
  • HIST 291: Special Topics: Sex and the City
  • HIST 331: Europe Between the World Wars
  • HIST 387: Practice and Theory of History
  • HIST 391: Special Topics: Gender and Citizenship in Modern France
  • HIST 391: Special Topics: The French Revolution
  • WGS 330: Feminist Theory

Honors Advising:

  • Advisor, Remy Bernstein, “Permanence as Policy: San Francisco’s Middle Class and Its Changing Ideology, 1959-1986” (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013)
  • Second Reader, Adam Burger, “Viewing the Risorgimento: Political Representation of the Italian Unification in Film” (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012)

Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan            

Courses Taught:

  • History 111: Modern Europe
  • History 318: Europe in the Era of Total War
  • History 322/German 322: The Origins of Nazism
  • History 327/Women’s Studies 327: The History of Sexuality
  • History 341/Political Science 397: Nations and Nationalism


Member, Urban Studies Collective, College of Arts and Letters, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 2016-2017

Participant, Jack and Anita Hess Seminar, “Gender and Sexuality in the Holocaust,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, 2017

Participant, Teaching Seminar on Writing and Speaking, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 2015

Participant, Digital Humanities Summer School, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2012

Participant, Faculty Development Seminar, “Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Islamicate World,” Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 2012

Participant, Teaching Mentorship Program, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 2011-2012

Research Assistant, History of Sexuality Survey Development Seminar, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2006-2007

Participant, Graduate Student Instructor Training Workshop, Department of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2006



• Governing Council Member, Western Society for French History, 2016-Present
• Webmaster and Online Operations Manager, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History (AHA Affiliate), 2015-Present
• Governing Board Member and Webmaster, Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History (AHA Affiliate), 2015-2018
• Member, Ad-Hoc Committee on Diversity, Western Society for French History, 2017

University of Southern Mississippi

• Member, Advisory Board, Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties, 2017-Present
• Affiliate Faculty Member, Center for Undergraduate Research, 2015-Present
• Admissions Reviewer, Honors College, 2018
• Project Consultant, “Spaces to Live in Mississippi: Oral Histories of Gay Men and Lesbian Women,” Center for Oral History, 2016-2017
• Member, Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award Selection Committee, 2017
• Member, Sumer Grant for the Improvement of Instruction Selection Committee, 2017
• Search Committee Member, Coordinator for Academic Engagement, New Student and Retention Programs, 2016
• Study Abroad, Château Program in Strasbourg, France, 2016

History Department:
• Member, History 101 “Gateways to Completion” Committee, 2016-Present
• Social Media Coordinator, 2015-Present
• Chair, World Civilization Textbook Committee, 2015-Present
• Student Advisor, 2015-Present
• Member, Graduate Professionalism Committee, 2015-Present
• Member, Recruitment Committee, 2014-Present
• Member, Scholarship and Awards Committee, 2014-2016

Kenyon College

• Senior Exercise Advisor and Assessor, International Studies, 2013-2014
• Member, Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board, 2012-2014
• Member, Hatcher Award Committee, Women’s and Gender Studies, 2013

History Department:
• Member, Baker Award Committee, 2012-2014
• Member, Seichter Award Committee, 2011-2012

Public History and Community Outreach

Participant, “Teaching Uncomfortable Topics in the Classroom,” Pedagogy Roundtable with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Memphis, TN, 2017

Invited Talk, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Camp Shelby Armed Forces Museum, Hattiesburg, MS, 2017

Organizer and Moderator, “Reckonings: History, Memory, and Extrajudicial Violence in Global Perspective,” Panel Discussion with U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 2017

Participant, “The ‘Story’ in History: A Discussion of Fiction and Historical Analysis,” Roundtable Discussion, Kenyon Review Literary Festival, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, 2011

Conference Panels Chaired

“Queer in Public: Urban Space and Same-Sex Cultures in Europe, 1850–1930,” American Historical Association, Washington, DC, 2018

“Emotions and Regime Change III: Remembering, Representing, and Resisting Regime Change,” Western Society for French History, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2016

“Arresting Exchanges: Police Archives and the Construction of Identity,” Western Society for French History, Chicago, IL, 2015

Peer Review

Journal of the History of Sexuality
Routledge Publishing
Cengage Publishing
Bloomsbury Books
Conserveries mémorielles: Revue interdisciplinaire de la Chaire de Recherche du Canada en histoire compare de la mémoire

Membership in Professional Organizations

American Historical Association
Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History
Society for French Historical Studies
Western Society for French History



French (Speak, Write, and Read at Advanced Level)
German (Read at Beginner Level)


Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Libre Office, Zotero (Advanced Knowledge)
WordPress, Social Media (Intermediate Knowledge)
HTML (Basic Knowledge)

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Revised January, 2018.