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Contact Information

Name: Mona Siegel

Title: Professor of History

Office Location: 3058 Tahoe Hall


Office Phone: 916-278-3413

Mailing Address: 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6059


• HIST 5:  Western Civilization, 1500-Present
• HIST 51:  World Civilizations, 1500-Present
• HIST 121:  Democracy and Human Rights in the Era of the French Revolution
• HIST 122b:  Women in Western History, 1500-Present
• HIST 200:  Graduate Seminar - History and Theory
• HIST 280c and 280z:  Graduate Readings Seminars (topics vary by semester and touch on themes in modern European history and gender history)
• HIST 282f:  Graduate Seminar - History and Memory
• HIST 400:  Graduate Seminar - Teaching of History in College



The Moral Disarmament of France: Education, Pacifism, and Patriotism, 1914-1940 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).


“Feminism, Pacifism, and Political Violence in Europe and China in the Era of the World Wars,” Gender & History, special issue, “Gender and Global Warfare in the Twentieth Century,” forthcoming.

“The Dangers of Feminism in Colonial Indochina,” French Historical Studies, 38, 4 (October 2015), 661-689.       

“Transcending Cross-Cultural Frontiers: Gender, Religion, Race, and Nation in Asia and the Near East,” Journal of Women’s History, vol. 27, no. 1 (spring 2015), 187-196.

Co-authored with Kirsten Harjes, “Disarming Hatred: History Education, National Memories, and Franco- German Reconciliation from World War I to the Cold War.” History of Education Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 3 (August 2012): 370-402.

“Western Feminism and Anti-Imperialism: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Anti- Opium Campaign,” Peace and Change 36, 1 (January 2011): 34-61. Awarded the 2011-2012 DeBenedetti Prize in Peace History.

“Paroles féministes et pacifistes au temps de la Grande guerre,“ in Paroles de paix en temps de guerre, ed. Sylvie Caucanas, Rémy Cazals, et Nicholas Offenstadt (Paris : Éditions Privat, 2006), 195-204.

“Pacifism” in Encyclopedia of Europe, 1914-2004, vol. 4, ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter (Detroit: Thomsan Gale, 2006), 1942-1951.

“’History is the Opposite of Forgetting’: The Limits of Memory and the Lessons of History in Interwar France,” Journal of Modern History vol. 74 (December 2002): 770-800.

Germinal: Teaching about Class and Industrial Capitalism through Film”: Radical History Review 83 (Spring 2002), 180-185.

"‘To the Unknown Mother of the Unknown Soldier': Pacifism, Feminism, and the Politics of Sexual Difference among French Institutrices between the Wars," French Historical Studies vol. 22, no. 3 (summer 1999): 61-82.

Media Appearances

“Spring Fever: 100 Years of the Rite of Spring,” produced by Capital Public Radio, May 2013, streaming at

Awards and Fellowships


• Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, California State University, Sacramento (2014-15)  

• DeBenedetti Prize in Peace History for the best article on a topic related to peace history (2011-12)

• History of Education Society Outstanding Book Award (2006)

• Women's Studies University League Award for Excellence in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin (1993)


• National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2016)

• National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2002)

• Spencer Foundation Small Grant Research Fellowship (Fall 1999)

• Research Fellowship, Centre de recherche de l'Historial de la Grande guerre, Péronne, France (Summer 1994)

• Peace Scholar, United States Institute of Peace (1993-1994)

• Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Fellowship (Summer 1992)

Current Book-Length Research Project: Women and the Promise of 1919

Women and the Promise of 1919 will tell the dramatic story of women’s efforts to construct a new political order during a single, remarkable year in global history. The end of the First World War and the opening of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 generated unprecedented anticipation, as people demanded their leaders deliver justice and democracy to a war-torn world.  Excluded from the negotiating table by virtue of their sex, women repeatedly captured global headlines with their insistence that a return to male-centered politics would enfeeble democracy and threaten the fragile peace. This book will recount women’s historic actions in 1919, inviting readers to enter raucous meeting halls in Paris, Zurich, and Washington, D.C. and to join audacious women marching through the streets of Cairo and Shanghai.  With an international cast of female protagonists, this book seeks to reinvigorate the male-dominated genre of popular history by revealing how women’s activism helped shape the geopolitical map and international institutions we know today.

Professional Associations

American Historical Association
Society for French Historical Studies
Western Society for French History
Peace History Society
Western Association of Women Historians