The contributors

Many specialists have participated in the development of this site.

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       Farid Ameur is a doctor in history of université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Specialized in the United States, he is the author of a dozen books on the American nineteenth century, including La Guerre de Sécession (2004), Sitting Bull, héros de la résistance indienne (2010), Gettysburg (2014), Les Français dans la guerre de Sécession (2016) and Le Ku Klux Klan (Pluriel, 2016). Winner of several literary awards, he is recognized as one of the best connoisseurs of contemporary history across the Atlantic. His current research focuses on the conquest of the West and the American Indigenous wars.
The French in the American Civil War (1861-1865)
     Laura Auricchio Laura Auricchio serves as Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Professor of Art History at Fordham University in New York City. Her publications include: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard: Artist in the Age of Revolution (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009), and The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014), winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Prize. With thanks to Juliana Broad for research assistance.
Lafayette : french hero of the American Revolution
Gauvin Alexander Bailey is Professor and Alfred and Isabel Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen’s University. He has held fellowships with the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and Villa I Tatti, among others, and was the 2017 Panofsky Professor at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich. He is also correspondent étranger of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres at the Institut de France and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His latest book is Architecture & Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire: State, Church, and Society, 1604-1830 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018).
Military engineers in New France
  Christian Blais is a historian at the library of the National Assembly of Quebec. He is working on the projected reconstitution of the debates of Quebec’s National Assembly. As the co-writer of L’histoire du Québec à travers ses lieutenants-gouverneurs (2005), de Québec : quatre siècles d’une capitale (2008) and 1792 : à main levée (2017), he worked on the 3th and 4th editions of La procédure parlementaire du Québec (2012/2020) and directed the publication of the Histoire parlementaire du Québec, 1928-1962 (2016). He holds a master’s degree and a PhD in history. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Société des Dix.
Québec, the capital of New France
Karine Caldwell Bellerose
The journal of Louisbourg
Sébastien Côté is a professor in the Department of French at Carleton University (Ottawa), Sébastien Côté first studied French literature of the interwar period (L'ethnologie détournée : Carl Einstein, Michel Leiris et la revue Documents, Garnier, 2019), before devoting himself to writings from New France (1534-1763). He co-edited Relire le patrimoine lettré de l'Amérique française (PUL, 2013) and the dossier "Barbaries, sauvageries?" (Dix-huitième siècle journal, no. 52), then edited Paul Lejeune's Brève relation du voyage de la Nouvelle-France (1632) (PUL/Hermann, 2020). He is the author of several articles on literary history, and he is currently at the helm of the collection "L'archive littéraire au Québec" (PUL), for which he is preparing an anthology of eighteenth-century French comedies drawing on Canadian exoticism, as well as a collective work entitled Rêver le Nouveau Monde (with Pierre Frantz and Sophie Marchand; project financed by the "Fonds France Canada pour la Recherche" and SSHRC) 
Indigenous North Americans in French Fiction (1552-1801) ; In the Lands, of the Indigenous Peoples
    Sylvie Dépatie has been a professor in the Department of History at the Université du Québec à Montréal for over thirty years. She is a specialist of the history of Canada under the French regime. Her publications concerning the rural history of this period.
Montreal : a town in colonial America
Catherine Desbarats is an associate professor of history at McGill University. Former director of the Quebec Studies program (McGill) and of the Groupe d'histoire de l'Atlantique français (2006-2010), her research and writings concern two main fields: historiography and the finances of pre-industrial colonial states. In 2013-14, she participated as an affiliated researcher in the seminars of the Center for North American Studies at the EHESS (Paris). She has published three books, on economic history, on New France, and on Jesuit correspondence in the Atlantic space. She has also co-edited, with Thomas Wien, a special issue of the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française on New France and the Atlantic world and, with Allan Greer, articles on the frontiers of New France and on historiography.
Commercial companies


Dominique Deslandres, a full professor in the Department of History at the Université de Montréal, devotes her work to France and its colonies in the 16th-18th centuries. She has published Croire et faire croire. Les missions françaises au XVIIe siècle (Fayard 2003) and a hundred articles and chapters, including one in A Companion to Early Catholic Global Missions (2018). She co-authored and co-edited with J.A. Dickinson and O. Hubert Les Sulpiciens de Montréal: une histoire de pouvoir et de discrétion 1657-2007 (Fides 2007) and co-edited with R. Brodeur and T. Nadeau-Lacour. Lecture inédite de la modernité aux origines de la Nouvelle France (PUL 2010).
Marie de l'Incarnation ; The Jesuit Relations

Nathalie Dessens is professor of American civilization and history at the University of Toulouse (Jean Jaurès campus). She has published three monographs at the University Press of Florida: Myths of the Plantation Society: Slavery in the American South and the West Indies (2003), From Santo Domingo to New Orleans: Migration and Influences (2007) and Creole City: A Chronicle of Early American New Orleans (2015). She was editor-in-chief of the North American journal French Colonial History and served as vice-president and then president of the French Colonial Historical Society.
The refugees from Saint-Domingue in New Orleans

    Edmond Dziembowski

Edmond Dziembowski is a professor of modern history at the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté and a member of the Centre Lucien Febvre EA 2273. A specialist in the political culture of France and English-speaking countries in the eighteenth century, he has published Un nouveau patriotisme français 1750-1770. La France face à la puissance anglaise à l'époque de la guerre de Sept Ans (Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, 1998), Les Pitt. L'Angleterre face à la France, 1708-1806 (Paris, Perrin, 2006), La guerre de Sept Ans, 1756-1763 (Paris, Perrin/Ministère de la Défense, 2015), Le siècle des révolutions, 1660-1789 (Paris, Perrin, 2019).
Benjamin Franklin and American diplomats in Paris


Larrie D. Ferreiro is a naval architect and historian. He is the 2017 Pulitzer finalist for History, for his book Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It. He has received numerous awards for his other books Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition That Reshaped Our World and Ships and Science: The Birth of Naval Architecture in the Scientific Revolution, 1600–1800.  He received his PhD in the History of Science, Technology and Engineering from Imperial College London, and was an exchange engineer in the French Navy. 
The French-American Treaty of Alliance, 1778

Annick Foucrier is a professor emeritus at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, specializing in the history of North America. She holds a doctorate in history from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, with a thesis on "France, the French and California before the Gold Rush, 1786-1848" . She is the author of numerous books including : Le rêve californien. Migrants français sur la côte Pacifique, XVIIIe-XXe siècles, (Belin, 1999) or À travers l'Ouest nord-américain : L'expédition d'exploration dirigée par Meriwether Lewis et William Clark, 1803-1806 (Besançon, Éditions La Lanterne Magique, 2018), and numerous articles on immigration to the United States, in particular the French presence, the North American West and the Pacific world
Emigrants, Refugees and Outcasts in the young American Republic ; French-Immigration to the USA in the 19th Century

   Yves Frenette is a professor and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Migration, Transfer and Francophone Communities at the University of Saint-Boniface, specializing in the North American Francophonie and the history of immigration and ethnic groups. He has held the positions of Director of the Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française and Interim Director of the Institute of Canadian Studies. His current research interests include the letter in the Francophone diasporas, North Dakota Canadians and Métis, French Manitoba, the life of a Danish immigrant in post-war Canada, French immigration to Canada, Canadian emigration to Brazil, the history of the French language in Montreal, the memoirs of a French-Canadian migrant, and French American textbooks.
French Immigration to Canada (1760-1914)
Gusti-Klara Gaillard-Pourchet holds a doctorate in history and a qualification to direct research. A professor of contemporary history since 1988 at the École normale supérieure of the State University of Haiti, she is also executive director of the Roger Gaillard Foundation and a member of the Haitian History, Geography and Geology Society.
The general title of her HDR thesis indicates the focus of her field of interest: " Haïti-France : Une pratique de relations inégales aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Économie, politique, culture." Her current research focuses on Franco-Haitian ties in the first half of the nineteenth century, built around Haiti's "independence debt".


Aurélie Godet, former student of the ENS de Lyon, agrégée in English and doctor in Anglophone studies, has been a lecturer in North American studies at the University of Paris since 2013. Author of a book on the Tea Party movement (Vendémiaire, 2012) and numerous articles on the political and cultural history of the United States, she is currently writing a comprehensive history of the New Orleans Carnival for an American publisher. She is also the editor of the Journal of Festive Studies, an international journal of the H-Net network. As a CNRS delegate during the 2018-2019 year, she spent time as a visiting researcher at Tulane University.
Mardi Gras


Allan Greer is the Canada Research Chair in Colonial North American History at McGill University. He is interested in the indigenous experience of colonization in the 17th-18th centuries. He situates his research on Canada / Quebec in the context of the Americas and the Atlantic world. Several of his books have won him national and international awards: Property and Dispossession: Natives, Empires and Land in Early Modern North America (2018); Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits (2007); Residents and Patriots: the Rebellion of 1837 in the Countryside of Lower Canada (1997), among others. Mr. Greer's research was funded by the Killam and John Simon Guggenheim foundations. He has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Paris and at Clare Hall College, Cambridge.
Land Ownership


Maxime Gohier specialist in indigenous political history, is a professor at the Université de Québec à Rimouski. He is particularly interested in the relations between the Amerindians of North-East America and the French and British colonial powers, as well as the place of writing in these relations. He is in particular the author of Onontio le médiateur: la gestion des conflits franco-amérindiens en Nouvelle-France, 1603-1717 (Septentrion, 2008), a study of the French policy towards indigenous populations during the 17th and 18th centuries.
French-Indigenous conflicts in New France

      Donia Georgeta Harsanyi is a doctor of history and professor at Central Michigan University.  Her book Lessons from America: Liberal French Nobles in Exile (2010) examines the American stay of former deputies of the Constituent Assembly.  She has recently launched a new research project into the Napoleonic occupation of Italy. 
French travellers in North America


Gilles Havard is director of research at the CNRS. His work focuses on the history of relations between Europeans and Amerindians in North America in the 16th and 19th centuries. He is notably the author of Empire et métissages (Septentrion, 2003), Histoire des coureurs de bois (Les Indes savantes, 2016), L'Amérique fantôme (Flammarion, 2019), and the co-author of Histoire de l'Amérique française (Flammarion, 2003).
Coureurs de bois - French knowledge of the Indigenous Peoples - Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
Catherine Hofmann is an archivist-paleographer by training, curator at the Department of Maps and Plans of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, where she has been in charge of the 'Legal deposit and heritage collections' service since 2010. She is interested in many aspects of European cartography from the Renaissance to the 19th century (cartographic publishing, production and symbolism of globes, manufacture and use of nautical charts, history of cartographic collections) and has been the scientific co-director of several books and exhibitions at the BnF: L'Age d'or des cartes marines: quand l'Europe découvrait le monde (2012), Les globes de Louis XIV: étude artistique, historique et matérielle (2012), Une carrière de géographe au siècle des Lumières: Jean-Baptiste d'Anville (2018) and Le Monde en sphères (2019)
The Hydrographic School of Normandy ; The "Western Sea" ;  From the St. Lawrence valley to the Great Plains ; Cavelier de la Salle ; The La Vérendrye ; La Pérouse and the Pacific Coast
Jonathan Lainey studied Anthropology and Indigenous Studies at Laval University and holds a Masters degree in History from the same institution. His fields of interest are the social, political and cultural history of Aboriginal people in Quebec and Canada, as well as material culture and its interpretation. He has served as Curator, First Peoples History, at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, and as Archivist, Native Archives, at Library and Archives Canada. He joined the McCord Museum in 2020.
A Louis XV Peace Medal that became a Huron-Wendat object



Boris Lesueur holds a PhD in history and is an associate professor at the laboratory AIHP-Géode of the Université des Antilles and at the Centre International de Recherche sur les Esclavages (CIRESC). He conducts research into colonial societies and the social consequences of a military presence overseas, in particular concerning armed service in slave-owning societies. He has written Les Troupes coloniales d’Ancien Régime. Per Mare et Terras (SPM, 2014). He has also co-directed the publication of Sortir de l’esclavage & Libres après les abolitions (Karthala, 2019), and co-founded the collection “Histoire maritime des Antilles”.
Colonial troops in America



Yann Lignereux, a former student of the ENS of Fontenay/Saint-Cloud, and agrégé in history, is professor of modern history at the University of Nantes. A researcher attached to the Centre de Recherches en Histoire Atlantique (Nantes) and associate member of the Centre d’Études Nord-Américaines (EHESS), he works on the imperial realities of early modern France, mainly in the Canadian zone, after having studied in particular the visual strategies of royal publicity in France in a work published in 2016, by Les Presses Universitaires de Rennes: Les rois imaginaires. Une histoire visuelle de la monarchie de Charles VIII à Louis XIV.
Jacques Cartier

Bronwen McShea is a Visiting Assistant Professor in History at the Augustine Institute Graduate School and a Writer-in-Residence at the Institute on Religion and Public Life.  She is the author of Apostles of Empire: The Jesuits and New France (2019) and other publications on the history of Catholisicm and French imperialism.  She has held research positions with Princeton University's Madison Program, the Leibniz Institut für Europaïsche Geschichte, and Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions.  She has also taught at Columbia University and the University of Nebraska Omaha and holds a Ph.D. in Early Modern History from Yale University and an M.T.S. in the History of Christianity from Harvard University.
Missions in New France

   Mario Mimeault has worked within the Quebec public education system. His efforts earned him the 2000 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. D. in history, he focuses his research on the French Regime. He is the author of several books including Destins de pêcheurs : Les Basques en Nouvelle-France (Septentrion, 2011). His latest work is entitled La pêche à la morue en Nouvelle-France (Septentrion, 2017). The book earned him the 2018 Prix-Lionel-Groulx, awarded by the Institut d'Histoire de l'Amérique française for a work on an aspect of the history of French America that stands out for its scientific character.
Cod Fishing in New France
         Ian Monk is a British poet and translator. He has translated many authors, including Georges Perec, Raymond Roussel, Jacques Roubaud and Hugo Pratt.
He won the Scott Moncreiff Prize for his translation of Daniel Pennac's Monsieur Malaussène in 2004.
He is responsible for the translation of articles.

Dave Noël has been a research journalist with Le Devoir since 2009. Holding a master’s degree in history at the University of Montreal, he is the author of the essay Montcalm, général américain published by Boréal in 2018. He is based at the la Tribune de la Presse of the Assemblée Nationale, in Quebec.


Janet Noel for twenty-five years taught Canadian history as a member of the University of Toronto History/Historical Studies Departments. She has written some thirty-five monographs, including prizewinning scholarship on indigenous women traders and on the temperance movement. The present article is drawn from her book Along a river : the first french canadian women (2013).
Female entrepreneurs in New France

     Arnaud Orain is a professor of economics at the Institute of European Studies of the University of Paris 8. He was a Davis Fellow in the History Department at Princeton University (2015-2016) in the United States. His research focuses on the history of ideas and the economic history of the Ancien Régime. In particular, he has worked on the links between religion and economics, edited several books and special issues of journals around anti-physiocracy, and published in 2018 by Fayard La politique du merveilleux, une autre histoire du Système de Law (1695-1795).
John Law
     Marie Eve Ouellet Marie-Eve Ouellet, author of Le métier d’intendant en France et en Nouvelle-France au XVIIIe siècle (Septentrion, 2018), holds a PhD in history (U. of Montreal and U. Rennes 2). She is an advisor in cultural heritage at the Ministry of Culture and Communications of Quebec and an associate professor at the Université de Sherbrooke. Previously, she steered the Services Historiques Six-Associés, and she has worked on various projects covering the history and patrimony of the Quebec region as well as directing the publication of a collection of books for the general public about the history of Quebec, also published by Septentrion.
Governors and Intendants in New France
Jean-François Palomino is a coordinator at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. He is the author of a doctoral thesis entitled "L'État et l'espace colonial : savoirs géographiques entre la France et la Nouvelle-France aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles", which was awarded the Louise-Dechêne prize by the Institut d'histoire de l'Amérique française. He also co-authored the book La Mesure d'un continent : atlas historique de l'Amérique du Nord, 1492-1814 as well as several articles on the history of cartography in New France. He is particularly interested in sources (correspondence, memoirs, travel reports, etc.) that provide information on the genesis and usefulness of maps produced in the colony. 
French cartography of the Mississipi river ; French cartography of the Saint Lawrence River ; The "Dépôt des cartes de la marine"

François Regourd, assistant director of the ESNA (UMR American Worlds), is a lecturer in modern history at the University of Paris Nanterre. He works on the question of science and knowledge in a colonial context, from the 16th to the 18th century. At the crossroads of colonial history, history of science and cultural history, his work focuses on the social, intellectual and spatial processes that structured the constitution, circulation and transformation of new knowledge in the modern era. He has notably published, with James E. McClellan, The Colonial Machine. French Science and Overseas Expansion in the Old Regime (Brepols, 2011).

         Eric Thierry is a teacher and historian of French America. He holds a doctorate from the University of Paris-Sorbonne and is the author of a biography of Marc Lescarbot (Honoré Champion, 2001), which was awarded a prize by the Académie française, and of La France de Henri IV en Amérique du Nord (Honoré Champion, 2008). He has published, with the Quebec publisher Septentrion in 2019, the Complete Works of Samuel de Champlain.
Samuel de Champlain
  Bertrand Van Ruymbeke is professor of American civilization at the University of Paris 8 (Vincennes Saint-Denis) and honorary (senior) member of the Institut Universitaire de France. His work focuses on the Thirteen Colonies, the American Revolution and the Huguenot Refuge. He is the author of From New Babylon to Eden. The Huguenots and Their Migration to Colonial South Carolina (2006), America before the United States. A History of English America 1497-1776 (2013) and of History of the United States. From 1492 to the present day (2018); and coordinator (in collaboration) of Memory and Identity. The Huguenots in France and the Atlantic Diaspora (2003), Birth of North America. The Founding Acts 1607-1776 (2008), Les Huguenots et l'Atlantique, (2 t. 2009-2012) and A Companion to the Huguenots (2016).
The Huguenots in the Americas
      Adeline Vasquez-Parra Adeline Vasquez-Parra is an agrégée in English and doctor of history at the Université Libre of Brussels. She is an associate researcher at the centre of interdisciplinary research into the Americas at the ULB and author of the work: Aider les Acadiens ? Bienfaisance et déportation 1755-1776 (Brussels, Peter Lang, 2018). Her publications on the Acadian deportation have appeared in Revue Historique, the Revue d’Histoire de l’Amérique Française, Acadiensis and the Revue Internationale d’Etudes Canadiennes
The Great Upheaval

Laurent Veyssière is a paleographer archivist and general curator of heritage. Historian of New France, he has published numerous articles and edited the following collective works: La Nouvelle-France en héritage (Armand Colin, 2013); with Bertrand Fonck, La guerre de Sept Ans en Nouvelle-France (PUPS/Septentrion, 2011), La Fin de la Nouvelle-France (Armand Colin, 2013), La chute de la Nouvelle-France. De l'affaire Jumonville au traité de Paris (Septentrion, 2015); with Sophie Imbeault and Denis Vaugeois, 1763. Le traité de Paris bouleverse l'Amérique (Septentrion, 2013); with Philippe Joutard and Didier Poton, Vers un nouveau monde atlantique. Les traités de Paris, 1763-1783 (PUR, 2016).
The 1783 peace treaties ; Politics ; France in the American War of Independence


Cécile Vidal is director of studies at the EHESS. Her research focuses on the social history of imperialism, colonialism and slavery in the Atlantic worlds from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. In addition to Histoire de l'Amérique française (2003; 4th ed. 2014), co-authored with Gilles Havard, she is the author of some twenty articles or book chapters and the editor of eight collective works or special journal issues, including Louisiana: Crossroads of the Atlantic World (2013). She is working on a new research project on suicide, trafficking and slavery in the French and British Atlantic worlds in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The Louisiana Purchase ; New Orleans from 1718 to1769 ; "Slave Trade" ; Slave and slaveries ; Freed people and Free People of color ; Society

     Jean-Michel Vinciguerra is in charge of the iconographic collections of the Bibliothèque-musée de l'Opéra at the Music Department of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. He curated the exhibitions La Farce à l'époque baroque (Château de Sablé, 2015), Mozart une passion française (Opéra national de Paris, 2017) and Un air d'Italie : l'Opéra de Paris de Louis XIV à la Révolution (Opéra national de Paris, 2019), as well as editing the three catalogs resulting from these exhibitions.
"American Savages" in Les Indes Galantes

Thomas Wien teaches the history of New France and the French Atlantic world at the Université de Montréal. His work focuses on rural French Canada, the transatlantic fur trade, natural history, and the circulation between New France and central Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Fur Trade


Jean-Marc Zaninetti, agrégé de l'université and doctor in geography, is a professor at the University of Orleans where he teaches human and regional geography. His field of research is devoted to human and regional geography with a focus on North America and more particularly on Louisiana and New Orleans, whose resilience he has been following since the natural disaster of 2005. This focus has led to an expansion of his work to several related issues in North America.
Cartography of the Mississippi Delta


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