Jessie Hewitt specializes in the history of Modern Europe,
particularly that of nineteenth-century France. After completing
her B.A. at UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Hewitt pursued graduate studies at
UC Davis where she finished her Ph.D. in 2012. Her dissertation
examined the emergence of new attitudes towards madness in the
post-revolutionary period, paying special attention to the ways in
which ideas about gendered behavior shaped doctors'
interactions with their patients.
Dr. Hewitt has presented portions of her research in numerous
venues, including meetings of the Western Society for French
History, the Society for French Historical Studies, the American
Historical Association, and the Nineteenth-Century Studies
Association. Her work has been supported by various research funds
and prizes, such as the Edward T. Gargan Prize from the Western
Society for French History; the Marjorie M. Farrar Award from the
Society for French Historical Studies; the Consortium for Women and
Research at UC Davis; and the Institute for European Studies at UC
Berkeley. Dr. Hewitt is currently working towards publishing an
article on the woman director of a private psychiatric institution
in Paris, in addition a book project on madness and masculinity in
post-revolutionary France. She is looking forward to teaching
several classes at USF this year. These include European
Civilization, Europe in the Nineteenth Century, Modern French
History, and the History of Sexuality.