Seminars & Events

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

On March 29 at George Washington University, four Saint Mary's students will present their research at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The history department wishes them the best of luck.

Program Highlight

Historic St. Mary's City

The Colonial History Concentration takes advantage of our special relationship with Historic St. Mary's City, the first capital of Maryland and a colonial archeological site, research facility, and museum.


SMP Spotlight

Matt Anthony, "Pickin' Up the Pieces: Country-rock and the End of the Sixties," 2013.

“My St. Mary's Project offered a way for me to merge my love of popular music with my research interests. Working closely with my mentor, Dr. Chuck Holden, gave me an in-depth insight into the work of an historian. I had the opportunity to pursue research avenues that are not typically part of the undergraduate experience, including archival work at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives in Cleveland, Ohio, and conducting oral histories with several performers from the 1960s and 1970s. Even after a year of thorough research and writing, my SMP left me feeling that I have only scratched the surface of a very rich topic which I hope will be the basis of further study as I enter graduate school."




Christine Adams
Professor of History

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Departments: History
Office: Kent Hall, Room 327
Phone: (240) 895-4446


Dr. Adams has an article forthcoming in the journal French Historical Studies entitled “‘Venus of the Capitol’:  Madame Tallien and the Politics of Beauty Under the Directory.”
In November 2013, she organized a colloquium with Dr. Tracy Adams of the University of Auckland entitled  “Female Beauty Systems Throughout the Centuries.” The colloquium was sponsored by The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Wassenaar.
In April 2013, Adams presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies in Cambridge, MA: “Belle comme le jour:” Madame de Montespan as Power Broker at the Court of Louis XIV.”

During the summer of 2011, Dr. Christine Adams and Dr. Charles Holden co-led a study tour to France entitled "Over There: The American Military Experience in France, WWI and WWII."

In February 2011, Dr. Chris Adams presented a paper entitled "'Aucun être humain n'était sorti si beau des mains du Créatur': Madame Tallien and the Moral and Political Power of Beauty" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies in Charleston, SC.

In July 2010, the University of Illinois Press published her new book Poverty, Charity and Motherhood: Maternal Societies in Nineteenth-Century France.

Dr. Adams also published her article "Women Helping Women: Citizenship, Gender and the Society for Maternal Charity" in Women in French Studies in 2010.


Professor Adams received her Ph.D. in French History in 1993 from Johns Hopkins University.

Curriculum Vitae

Spring 2013 Courses

  • HIST 395: Theories and Uses of History syllabus
  • HIST 475: Topics in History: Comparative, Thematic, and Global History: Gender, Sexuality, Politics syllabus

Course Offerings

  • HIST 105:  Western Civilization Syllabus
  • HIST 334:  Europe in War & Revolution Syllabus
  • HIST 384:  Medieval Europe
  • HIST 385:  Europe in the  Age of Absolutism Syllabus
  • HIST 386:  Age of the French Revolution Syllabus
  • HIST 395:  Theories and Uses of History Syllabus
  • HIST 435:  Topics: European History - Revolution, Sex, and Absinthe: France from the Second Empire to World War I syllabus
  • HIST 475:  Topics: Comparative, Thematic, and Global History - The History of the Family from the Middle Ages to the Present
  • HIST 475:  Topics: Comparative, Thematic, and Global History - Gender in History
  • HIST 475:  Topics: Comparative, Thematic, and Global History - Autobiography and History
  • HIST 494:  St. Mary's Project

Research Interests:

Her teaching and research interests are Ancien Régime France and the French Revolution; French History 987-present; Family History, Women's and Gender History, European History, Middle Ages-present with an emphasis on social and cultural history.


Publication Highlights

A Taste For Comfort

A Taste for Comfort and Status: A Bourgeois Family in Eighteenth-Century France

by Christine Adams

Visions and Revisions

Visions and Revisions of Eighteenth-Century France

edited by Christine Adams,Jack R. Censer, and Lisa Jane Graham


Poverty, Charity and Motherhood Book

Poverty, Charity and Motherhood: Maternal Societies in Nineteenth-Century France

by Christine Adams

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Personal Information

Christine Adams
History Department
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686

Fax: (240) 895-4450