Julia Landweber

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Assistant Professor, History

Dickson Hall 412
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BA:Reed College
PhD:Rutgers University
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I am an assistant professor of early modern European history and women's studies at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.

My research focuses on reconstructing the impact early modern relations between France and the Ottoman Empire had upon eighteenth-century French culture and identity formation. Today's strained relationship between the civilizations of Islam and the West demonstrates a profound need to better understand the ties which have historically bound these two worlds. Using diplomatic records, travel and literary works, and popular engravings, my work of the past ten years examines how conflicting French images of the Turks and the Ottoman Empire were employed in the creation of individual and national identities within Old Regime France between the 1660s and the 1780s.

Selected Publications:

“‘This Marvelous Bean’: Adopting Coffee into Old Regime French Culture and Diet,” French Historical Studies, 38 (2) April 2015: 193-223.

“Venetian Vagabonds and Furious Frenchmen: Nationalist and Cosmopolitan Impulses among Europeans in Galata,” The Journal of Ottoman Studies, 44 (Fall) 2014: 197-220.

“How Can One Be Turkish? French Responses to Two Ottoman Ambassadors,” in Europe and Turkey in the 18th Century, ed. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp (Göttingen: V & R University Press, 2011).

“Fashioning Nationality and Identity in the Eighteenth Century: The Comte de Bonneval in the Ottoman Empire,” The International History Review, 30 (1) March, 2008: 1-31.

“Celebrating Identity: Charting the History of Turkish Masquerade in Early Modern France,” Romance Studies Quarterly, 23 (3) 2005: 175-189.


Early modern Europe, eighteenth-century France, women's and gender history, France and the Ottoman Empire, identity formation, coffee, turquerie, gender and science.


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  • Monday 2:30 pm - 5:15 pm


  • Monday 2:30 pm - 5:15 pm