Susan Hiner

Professor of French and Francophone Studies on the John Guy Vassar Chair

  • Office: Chicago Hall 104
  • Office hours: on leave Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
  • Phone: 437-5728
  • Box: 147

Susan Hiner received her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Literature from Columbia University, after completing her B.A. in French and English (Modern Studies) at the University of Virginia. Professor Hiner's research and teaching interests include women and material culture in nineteenth-century France, fashion studies, and the intersection of literature, visual culture, and social history. She is also engaged in language pedagogy and co-designed with colleague Thomas Parker an intermediate language course delivered through children's literature that culminates in collaborative digital storytelling projects by students. Professor Hiner teaches in both the Department of French and Francophone Studies and in the Women's Studies Program. 

Professor Hiner has published articles on various aspects of nineteenth-century French culture and has received grants relating to both her current research on women and fashion in nineteenth-century France and to curricular development. Her most recent article, published in Dix-Neuf in March 2014, is entitled "From pudeur to plaisir: Grandville's Flowers in the Kingdom of Fashion." Other recent articles include: "Becoming (M)other: Reflectivity in Le Journal des Demoiselles," (Romance Studies, Spring 2013), "Monsieur Calicot: French Masculinity between Commerce and Honor" (West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture (Spring-Summer 2012). She recently contributed an article for the Dictionnaire des femmes créatrices entitled "Les femmes journalistes de mode" (November 2013). Her book, Accessories to Modernity: Fashion and the Feminine in Nineteenth-Century France, about women's fashion accessories and their relation to French modernity, was released in June 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania Press and won the Millia Davenport Publication Award of the Costume Society of America in June 2011.

While on leave, she will be the Spring Visiting Fellow of the American Library in Paris in Spring 2015 where she will be working on a new book project "Behind the Seams: Women, Fashion, and Work in Nineteenth-Century France." 


You may visit the Vassar YouTube channel to view Professor Hiner's Art Talk on Adèle Romany's "Portrait of the Artist's Family." 



Joan McConnell, Administrative Assistant