Laura Talamante is a Professor of History at California State University, Dominguez Hills. At CSU Dominguez Hills, she teaches courses in European and Women’s History. She specializes in eighteenth-century Enlightenment and French revolutionary women and gender history. Dr. Talamante also guides student research in French and global revolutionary history, focusing on issues of human rights and social justice.

Dr. Talamante earned her Ph.D. in History at UCLA, where her, “Les Citoyennes Marseillaises: Women and Political Change during the French Revolution,” won the Mary Wollstonecraft Dissertation Award from the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. She has published on women and citizenship development in eighteenth-century France, in both English and French-language journals. Her most recent article, “Political divisions, gender and politics: the case of revolutionary Marseille” was published by French History (Oxford University Press) in March 2017. Dr. Talamante is also the co-author of  “Transgresser au féminin : Rose Michel Reynoir, une féministe avant la lettre,” with Dr. Christophe Regina (Université de Toulouse), forthcoming in Transgresser, une voie pour les femmes? Genre, récits et usages de la transgression (Presses Universitaires de Provence). She has also published on innovative teaching pedagogy, using comparative global perspectives in publications such as The History Teacher.

Dr. Talamante has received numerous honors and awards, including French residential fellowships from the Brown Foundation for the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes and from the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Dr. Talamante has also worked collaboratively to bring educational history and cultural events to her campus. To this end, she has won two French American Cultural Exchange Tournée Festival of French Films grants and a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture grant, among others. She has been elected to serve as the Chair of the Academic Senate and Gender Equity Task Force.

CSU Dominguez Hills Department of History



Professor of History California State University Dominguez Hills2018-Present
Co-Chair, Gender Equity Task Force2019-2020
Vice-Chair, Academic Senate2019-2020
Chair, Academic Senate2017-2019
Faculty Advising Fellow2015-2017
Associate Professor of History2013-2018
Principal Investigator & Co-Project Director, NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture 2010-2011
Assistant Professor of History2007-2013
Advisor, History & Social Science Subjects Matter Preparation Program2009-2010
Principal Investigator, French American Cultural Exchange French Film Grant, Tournées Festival2008, 2012
Lecturer & Visiting Assistant Professor of HistoryLoyola Marymount University2003-2007
Lecturer, Department of HistoryCalifornia State Polytechnic Pomona2005-2007


Ph. D. University of California at Los Angeles, History Department Dissertation: Les Citoyennes Marseillaises: Women and Political Change during the French Revolution2003
M.A. University of California at Los Angeles, History Department1998
B.A. University of California at Berkeley, History Department Honors in History & Honors in Overall Academia, College of Letters & Science Honor’s Thesis: Women and Education in the French Revolution1995


  • Women’s Rights and the Development of Citizenship in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France 
  • European Early Modern & Modern History
  • European Early Modern & Modern Women’s History
  • Co-Curricular Event Planning
  • Curriculum Design & Development
  • Assessment of Program & Student Learning Outcomes
  • Writing Across the Curriculum & High Impact Practices
  • Developmental Advising
  • Faculty Governance
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


“Mapping Women’s Revolutionary Control of their Environment & Property in Marseille: A Digital Humanities Project,” in preparation for submission to the Journal of the Western Society for French History

“Political Divisions, Gender and Politics: The Case of Revolutionary Marseille,” French History 31, no. 1, (March 2017): 63-84.

Creating the Republican Family: Political and Social Transformation and the Revolutionary Family Tribunal,” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 38, (2010): 143-162.

“Lawyers, Libel, Marriage and Honor in Old Regime and Revolutionary Marseille” The Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850: 2008 Selected Papers, (2009): 19-30.


“Mapping Women’s Everyday Lives in Revolutionary Marseille,” in Life in Revolutionary France, edited by Jennifer Heuer and Mette Harder, to be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2020. 

“Transgresser au féminin: Rose Michel Reynoir, une féministe avant la letter,” co-authored with Christophe Regina, in Genres, normes, transgressions, ed. by Karine Lambert et Nicole Cadène, to be published by Presses Universitaires de Provence in 2020.

“Une héroïne malentendu: Le récit édifiant de la Dame Rose-Michel Reynoir,” in Récit et Justice : France, Italie, Espagne XIVe-XIXe Siècles, ed. by Lucien Faggion and Christophe Regina, Aix-en-Provence, Presses Universitaires de Provence, (2014), 323-344.


“Globalizing Migration Dialogue: A Model for Combining Innovative Pedagogy, Community-Service Learning and Research,” Laura Talamante and Caroline Mackenzie, in Approaches to Managing Organizational Diversity and Innovation, edited by Nancy D. Erbe, IGI Global, Hershey Pennsylvania, (2014), 326-351.

“Teaching United States History with an Eye to the World,” The History Teacher, Vol. 41, No. 3 (May 2008): 391-404.


The Family and the Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830, Jennifer Ngaiere Heuer, European History Quarterly 39 No. 1, (January, 2009), 149-151.

Letters Written in France by Helen Maria Williams, edited by Neil Fraistat and Susan S. Lanser, H-France Review 5, No. 35 (March 2005).


“Flora Tristan,” Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution, Greenwood Press, 2007.


CSUDH Excellence in Service Award2018
Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House, Ménerbes, France2014
Fulbright Research Award for France, Finalist2013
CSUDH Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Award2014, 2015
CSUDH Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, Summer 2013
Presidential Award, Advisor of the Year, Phi Alpha Theta, Tau Epsilon Chapter2013
French American Cultural Exchange French Film Grant, Tournées Festival2012, 2008
CSUDH College of Arts and Humanities Conference Travel Grant 20112011
Project Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers Grant2010-2011
California State University Transforming Course Design in U.S. History Team2009
Faculty Legacy Award, CSU Dominguez Hills2008
Faculty Inspiration Award, CSUDH McNair Scholars2008
Center for Teaching and Learning Travel Grants, CSU Dominguez Hills2007, 2008
College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Travel Grant, Cal Poly Pomona2007
The Mary Wollstonecraft Dissertation Award, UCLA Center for the Study of Women2004
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship2002-2003
UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies Foreign Language and Area Studies, Title VI Fellowship2001-2002
UCLA Center for the Study of Women Travel Grant2002
Camargo Foundation Residential Fellowship – Cassis, France2000
UCLA History Department Eugene Weber Chair Travel Grant1999
UCLA History Department Summer Research Grant 1999
UCLA Graduate Division Summer Research Mentorship Program 1997
UCLA Project 88 Fellowship1995-1999
UC Berkeley Student Life Achievement Award1995
UC Berkeley Mary Ann Johnson Alumni Leadership Scholarship1994
CAL Alumni Leadership Scholarship 1993
UC Berkeley McNair Scholar 1993


“Mapping Women’s Revolutionary Control of their Environment in Marseille through Property Rights,” Western Society for French History2019
“Daring to Take Her Lawyer’s Pen: Judicial Memoires in Enlightenment and Revolutionary Marseille,” Northeast Modern Language Association2015
“Staging Patriotism in Revolutionary Marseille: The Act of Giving as Marker of Women’s Citizenship,” Western Society for French History2011
“Marital Battles, Polemical Pamphlets, and Female Litigants: Constructions of Gender and Class in Enlightenment Provence,” Western Association for Women Historians2011
“Federalist v. Jacobin Women: The Struggle for the Republic in Revolutionary Marseille,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-18502011
“Connecting Experiences Across Communities,” CSU Southern Regional Conference on Community-Based Research, Co-presenters: Dr. Vivian Price, CSUDH Interdisciplinary Studies and Labor Studies and Rikka Racelis, Youth Coordinator, The Center Long Beach2010
“Marriage, Family, Honor, and Divorce: Transforming Women’s Rights in Revolutionary Marseille,” Society for French Historical Studies2009
“‘Les héroïnes marseillaises’: Militant Representation and Accommodation of Women’s Political Action in Revolutionary Marseille,” Society for French Historical Studies2008
« Demander son héritage: Rose-Michel Reynoir devant les tribunaux, » Congrès International des Lumières, Montpellier, France2007
“Good Fathers, Good Mothers, Sons and Daughters All: Petitioning Robespierre’s Representants in Marseille during the Terror,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-18502007
“From Heroines to Viragoes: Revolutionary Women in Image and Deed in Marseille,” Western Society for French History2007


“Bastille Day: Its Historic Significance in a Local, National, and Global Context,” Santa Monica Rotary Club, July 14, 2017.2017
« Transgresser au féminin : Rose Michel Reynoir, une féministe avant la lettre, » with Christophe Regina. Genre et transgressions : pratiques, stratégies, représentations dans l’espace euro-méditerranéen (XVIe-XXIe siècles), Genre, Femmes, Méditerranée, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence2014
Salon à la Maison Dora Maar, Rencontres avec des artistes en résidences : Laura Talamante, Joel Dreyfuss, and Maren Stange, Ménerbes, France.2014
A Daughter Worth Investing In: French Family Inheritance Strategies under Roman Law, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, CSUDH Osher Lecture Series2014
“Sex, Scandal and Power Relations: From Marseille to Venice, Conjugal Disturbances, Elites and Society in the 18th Century,” College of Arts and Humanities Spring Brown Bag Lecture Series2013
“Ce n’est pas le genre mais les politiques: Les transgressions des femmes pendant la Révolution à Marseille.” Genre et transgressions : pratiques, stratégies, représentations dans l’espace euro-méditerranéen (XVIe-XXIe siècles), Genre, Femmes, Méditerranée, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence2013
“‘Good Fathers,’ ‘Tender Mothers,’ and the ‘Young Marseillais’: Arranged Marriages, Divorce, and French Revolutionary Changes in Family Law,” Panelist Paradoxical Relationships: Histories of Marriage and Women’s Rights, Huntington Women’s Studies Seminar2012
“The Interwar Years: French Jazz and the New Cabaret Culture,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, CSUDH Osher Lecture Series2009
“Citizenship Practices in 18th-Century France: La Citoyenne in Revolutionary Marseille,” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, CSUDH Emeritus Faculty Association Legacy Series2009
Flores de otro mundo, Introduction and Discussion Moderator, Spanish Women Film Festival at CSUDH2009
NEH “The Immigrant Experience: A Journey to Becoming American,” OASIS, Series Guest Lecturer, Lakewood, CA2009
“Teaching U.S. History and Franco-American Relations,” NEH Teaching American History Institute: Cal Poly Pomona Grant2007


Campus Liaison, The History of Black Dance in America: Juneteenth Celebration!
A multi-media dance concert showcasing the African-American contributions to American social dance. Starting from the late 1800s and progressing to the modern era. Directed by Ron Parker and Chester Whitmore, featuring The Central Avenue Dance Ensemble, co-sponsored by the Department of History and the College of Arts and Humanities.
Co-Producer of Steppin' Ahead! Dancers Breaking Down the Color Line, Black History Month.
An event featuring student performances in tap and Lindy Hop dances, and choral renditions of jazz songs from the 1910s to the 1940s with a screening of film clips of the era’s dances. Presented by the CSUDH Dance, History, Music and Theater programs and produced by Rusty Frank, a dance historian and professional choreographer. Phi Alpha Theta History students helped narrate the event and designed historical exhibits focusing on the jazz and swing dance history in Los Angeles.
NEH National Landmarks of History and Culture Workshops for High School Teachers, “American History through the Eyes of a California Family, 1780s-1920s”
Project with the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum that traces the Dominguez family business and inheritance strategies and interactions with natives and migrants from varied backgrounds. Hosted two groups of 40 K-12 teachers from across the nation and provided workshops and field trips to inspire the development of new lesson plans for world, national, regional, and local history using the experiences of the Dominguez family from the late 1800s through WWII.
Humanities Consultant for Tradeswomen Address the Next Generation
Supported by a California Council for the Humanities Grant, the project partnerships with youth volunteers from The Center Long Beach to record and archive stories from tradeswomen in LA County.
Empowerment and Migration (E&M) Exhibition
Los Angeles and Marseille exhibit on “Citizenship and Migrants” sponsored by the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind. CSUDH student contributions based on immigrant interviews.


HERS Institute, Summer Leadership Development Alumni2019
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy Conference (AACU), San Diego, CA2019
American Association of Colleges & Universities Conference, Washington, D.C2018
CSUDH HIPs Conference Writing Retreat, Santa Barbara (July 23-26)2017
CSUDH Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Fellow, Course Redesign Workshop 2016
California Collaborative Academic Advising Conference, Carson, CA 2015
CSUDH Annual Advising Summit2015
CSUDH Grants for My Research Intersession/Spring 2015 Program2015
Women Leaders in Education Forum, L.A. Commission on the Status of Women2008
ECLP “Writing Across the Curriculum” Conference, CSUDH2007


Laura Talamante and Doris Namala, “Student Perceptions of High-Impact Practices in Historical Research: Writing Across the Curriculum, Disciplinary Transparency, and Professional Development,” High-Impact Practices in the States, CSUDH 2018
CSUDH Get HIP With Teaching Symposium, "Undergraduate Research Within and Beyond the Classroom" Panel2015
“Film as History: Modern France as a Lens,” Revisioning History and Popular Culture: French Film and Teaching Roundtable, Society for French Historical Studies 2012
“Developing Educational Projects and Community Awareness: Migration History As A Tool And A Resource,” C. Mackenzie and L. Talamante, International Conference on Education, Research, and Innovation, Madrid, Spain2009


Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, CSUDH Campus Leader Meetings2017-Present
California Doctoral Incentive Program, Faculty Mentor for History Alum, Marya Avila (University of Texas, El Paso, History Doctoral Program) 2011-Present
Pizza, Profs and Platica, Latina/o Faculty-Student Mixer2009, 2011
Coordinator, CSUDH International Women’s Month Film Series 2009
Latinas Juntas, Faculty Leader 2008-2011
McNair Scholars Invited Speaker on Research Methods, CSUDH 2008, 2009
Latino Faculty and Staff Association 2007-Present
Women's Studies Advisory Board 2007-2015
University of California Welcomes the Western Region of McNair Scholars and Program Directors, Invited Panel Speaker2002
UC Berkeley Sexual Harassment Peer Educator1994-1995
American River College Hispanic Scholars Club, President 1990-1992
Sacramento Latinas Leadership Network Member; Assisted in planning and implementation of First Annual Adelante Latinas Conference1990-1992


Western Society for French History, Elected Council Member (3-year term)2014-2017
The Journal of the Western Society for French History, Peer Reviewer 2016, 2017
La culture judiciaire du Moyen Âge à nos jours, ed. by Lucien Faggion, Christophe Regina, and Bernard Ribémont, (Universitaires de Dijon), Peer Reviewer2014
CAMS National History Day Judge2012
The History Teacher, Adjunct Reviewer2010
History Day in California Judge, Peary Middle School2009, 2011
The Making of the West: People and Cultures, Vol. 2, Third Edition, Peer Reviewer2008
Advanced Placement World History Exam Reader, Educational Testing Service2006-2008
Western Society for French History Conference, Site Coordinator2002
Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, Book Review Assistant 2001-2002
Western Society for French History Conference, Web Design2001


Academic Senate Vice Chair and Faculty Policy Committee Member2016-2017
California Faculty Association Lobby Day, Sacramento (April 5-6)2017
Graduation Innovation Team, Faculty Advising Fellow2015-2017
University Advising Council, Faculty Advising Fellow2015-2017
WSCUC Task Force, Critical Thinking Core2015-2016
University Budget Committee2014-2016
Faculty Leaves and Honors Committee (Chair, 2015-2016)2014-2016
University Research, Scholarship, Creative Activities Awards Program Committee2010-2012
University Committee on Educator Preparation2010-2011


College Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee 2016-2017
College Student Success Committee, Faculty Advising Fellow2016-2017
Student Success Center Faculty/Advising Search Committee2016
Humanities Master of Arts, Thesis Committee Member for Javier Garcia, The Tale of Two Cities: The Representation of the City in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus2015-2016
Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, Interdisciplinary Studies2014-2015
Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, Communications2014-2016
HUX Master of Arts Thesis Committee Chair, Shandi Stevenson, Religions of Revolution: The merging of religious and political in the Cult of Reason and the Cult of the Supreme Being in France 1793-17942012-2013
HUX Master of Arts Thesis Committee Chair, Nikole Hollenitsch, La querelle des femmes: Female salon leaders' influence and representation in seventeenth and eighteenth-century France2012-2013
Interdisciplinary Studies Job Search Committee 2008


Asian-Pacific History Search Committee2019-2020
Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee2015-2016
US 20th Century History Search Committee, Chair2014-2015
Kilfoil Scholarship Committee2014-2015
Curriculum Committee2014-2018
Curriculum Committee, Chair2012-2013
Program Planning Committee, Chair 2010-2011
Curriculum Committee2010-2011
Phi Alpha Theta, Tau Epsilon Chapter Faculty Advisor (Co-advisor Fall 2013 to Spring 2017) 2009-2017
History Club, Co-Advisor2016-2017

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