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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Sarah Horowitz

Assistant Professor of History

Newcomb Hall 314
(540) 458-8773


  • Ph.D. in History, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • M.A. in History, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
  • B.A. in History and Art History, summa cum laude, Wellesley College, 1999


Current Research: Professor Horowitz's book, Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France, forthcoming in January 2014 with Penn State University Press, examines the importance of friendship for French elites in the early nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in how politicians used friendship as a way to navigate and understand the new social and political world created by the Revolution, and how friendship could be used to heal some of the traumas of the Revolution and overcome the divisions within French society. 


Areas: Modern European history, French history from the seventeenth century to the present, history of women in Europe

Selected Publications

Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, forthcoming, February 2014)
"Policing and the Problem of Privacy in Restoration-Era France, 1815-30," French History 27, no. 1 (January 2013)
"The Bonds of Concord and the Guardians of Trust: Women, Emotion, and Political Life, 1815-1848," French Historical Studies 35, no. 3 (Summer 2012)