Susan Hiner

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Chair of French and Francophone Studies

  • Office: Chicago Hall 104
  • Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm and by appointment
  • 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. Recent and upcoming courses include "Fashion's Empires," "The Worlds of Madame Bovary," "Fashion and the Feminine," and "Le Merveilleux."

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 from Spring/Summer 2012 is entitled "Monsieur Calicot: French Masculinity between Commerce and Honor" (West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 19:1 (32-60). She recently contributed an article for the Dictionnaire des femmes créatrices (in press) entitled "Les femmes journalistes de mode" and she is currently working on the nineteenth-century illustrator J. J. Grandville's representations of women in Les Fleurs animées. 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.


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