Fields of Study: Modern France
Advisor: Philip Nord
Nimisha Barton is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Her dissertation project, "Immigrant Communities of Paris: Gender and Acculturation in France, 1918-1940," examines the role of gender in the process of acculturation that unfolded in foreign households in Paris during the interwar period. It is a case study of two working-class quarters in the 11th arrondissement (Sainte Marguerite and La Roquette) where the majority of immigrants, of all national stripes, settled during the 1920s and 1930s. By foregrounding the role of French and foreign women at the heart of these households, neighborhoods, and communities, her dissertation interrogates the complex interrelation among gender, settlement patterns, acculturation processes, and the formation of national identity.
Nimisha completed general examination fields in: Modern Europe, 1870-1968; France and Third Republican Empire; and British India, British Africa, 1857-1914. She received a joint B.A. in History and Religious Studies from UC Berkeley in 2006.