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Dr Fishman is a scholar of general European History and a specialist of modern French History. She is currently the associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Fishman received her Bachelor's degree in history from Oberlin College in 1979, an MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California in 1980, an MA (1981) and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, 1987.
Dr. Fishman teaches course in general European history, Modern France since 1870 and Work and Family Life in Modern Europe. She offers graduate seminars in social history and French history along with a seminar in European historiography since 1500. Fishman has served on numerous dissertation and thesis committees.
Dr. Fishman is the author of two books, co-editor of another, and many articles and regularly reviews new books for national scholarly journals. She is the recipient of the University of Houston Research Excellence Award. Her present research focuses on France and the impact that World War II had on gender norms in French society for a manuscript, tentatively titled, A Revolution in Everyday Life: Family, Sex and Marriage in France 1945-1976. She has two forthcoming books titled The Making of Modern France, 1870-2002 and a French version of The Battle for Children.
- France and its Empire Since 1870, co-authored with Alice L. Conklin and Robert Zaretsky (Oxford University Press, 2010)
- The Battle for Children: World War II, Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice in Twentieth-Century France (Harvard University Press 2002).
- La Bataille de l’Enfance: Délinquance juvenile et justice des mineurs en France pendant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2008)
- France at War: Vichy and the Historians, co-edited with Laura L. Downs, Ioaanis Sinanaglou, Leonard V. Smith, Robert Zaretsky, (Berg Publishers, 2000).
- La France sous Vichy: Autor de Robert Paxon, co-edited, (Editions complexe, 2004).
- We Will Wait: Wives of French Prisoners of War, 1940-1945 (Yale University Press, December 1991). Received the University of Houston Research Excellence Award, 1993.
- Femmes de Prisonniers 1940-1945 (L'Harmattan, 1996).