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Name: Mona Siegel

Title: Professor of History

Office Location: 3058 Tahoe Hall


Office Phone: [On research leave Jan.-Dec. 2018]

Mailing Address: 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6059


  • HIST 5:  Western Civilization, 1500-Present
  • HIST 51:  World Civilizations, 1500-Present
  • HIST 121:  Democracy and Human Rights in the Era of the French Revolution
  • HIST 122b:  Women in Western History, 1500-Present
  • HIST 192z: Pacifists, Warriors, Suffragists and Spies: Internationational Female Activism in the Early Twentieth Century
  • HIST 200:  Graduate Seminar - History and Theory
  • HIST 280c and 280z:  Graduate Readings Seminars (topics vary by semester and touch on themes in modern European history and gender history)
  • HIST 282f:  Graduate Seminar - History and Memory
  • HIST 400:  Graduate Seminar - Teaching of History in College

Current Book Project: More Than Half of Humanity: The Women Who Shaped the Peace of 1919

More Than Half of Humanity: The Women Who Shaped the Peace of 1919 tells the dramatic story of women’s efforts to construct a new political order during a single, remarkable year in global history. The end of the First World War and the opening of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 generated unprecedented anticipation, as people demanded their leaders deliver justice and democracy to a war-torn world.  Excluded from the negotiating table by virtue of their sex, women repeatedly captured global headlines with their insistence that a return to male-centered politics would enfeeble democracy and threaten the fragile peace. This book will recount women’s historic actions in 1919, inviting readers to enter raucous meeting halls in Paris, Zurich, and Washington, D.C. and to join audacious women marching through the streets of Cairo and Shanghai.  With an international cast of female protagonists, this book seeks to reinvigorate the male-dominated genre of popular history by revealing how women’s activism helped shape the geopolitical map and international institutions we know today.



The Moral Disarmament of France: Education, Pacifism, and Patriotism, 1914-1940 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).


“Courting Woodrow Wilson:  French Feminists’ Appeal for a Global Suffrage Endorsement, 1917-1918,” Matériaux pour l’histoire de notre temps,” special issue, “1918-1920, les peuples font la paix,” ed. Carl Bouchard and Jean-Michel Guieu (2018), forthcoming.

“Negotiated Truth:  The Franco-German Historians Agreement of 1951 and the Long History of Cultural Demobilization after the First World War,” chapter in The Academic World in the Era of the Great War, ed. Marie-Eve Chagnon and Tomás Irish (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), 233-250.

 “Feminism, Pacifism, and Political Violence in Europe and China in the Era of the World Wars,” Gender & History, special issue, “Gender & Global Warfare in the Twentieth Century,” 28, 3 (November 2016), 641-659.

“The Dangers of Feminism in Colonial Indochina,” French Historical Studies, 38, 4 (October 2015), 661-689.       

“Transcending Cross-Cultural Frontiers: Gender, Religion, Race, and Nation in Asia and the Near East,” Journal of Women’s History, vol. 27, no. 1 (spring 2015), 187-196.

Co-authored with Kirsten Harjes, “Disarming Hatred: History Education, National Memories, and Franco- German Reconciliation from World War I to the Cold War.” History of Education Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 3 (August 2012): 370-402.

“Western Feminism and Anti-Imperialism: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Anti- Opium Campaign,” Peace and Change 36, 1 (January 2011): 34-61. Awarded the 2011-2012 DeBenedetti Prize in Peace History.

“Paroles féministes et pacifistes au temps de la Grande guerre,“ in Paroles de paix en temps de guerre, ed. Sylvie Caucanas, Rémy Cazals, et Nicholas Offenstadt (Paris : Éditions Privat, 2006), 195-204.

“’History is the Opposite of Forgetting’: The Limits of Memory and the Lessons of History in Interwar France,” Journal of Modern History vol. 74 (December 2002): 770-800.

Germinal: Teaching about Class and Industrial Capitalism through Film”: Radical History Review 83 (Spring 2002), 180-185.

"‘To the Unknown Mother of the Unknown Soldier': Pacifism, Feminism, and the Politics of Sexual Difference among French Institutrices between the Wars," French Historical Studies vol. 22, no. 3 (summer 1999): 61-82.

Awards and Fellowships


• Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, California State University, Sacramento (2014-15)  

• DeBenedetti Prize in Peace History for the best article on a topic related to peace history (2011-12)

• History of Education Society Outstanding Book Award (2006)

• Women's Studies University League Award for Excellence in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin (1993)


• National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2018)

• National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2016)

• National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2002)

• Spencer Foundation Small Grant Research Fellowship (Fall 1999)

• Research Fellowship, Centre de recherche de l'Historial de la Grande guerre, Péronne, France (Summer 1994)

• Peace Scholar, United States Institute of Peace (1993-1994)

• Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Fellowship (Summer 1992)

Media Appearances

“Spring Fever: 100 Years of the Rite of Spring,” produced by Capital Public Radio, May 2013, streaming at

Professional Associations

American Historical Association
Society for French Historical Studies
Western Society for French History
Peace History Society
Western Association of Women Historians