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Claire Mayo



I am a historian of modern France, with interests in the environment, la mission civilisatrice, networks of knowledge, and cultural history of France in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My dissertation, “Cultural Experiences of the Great Flood of 1910 along the Seine,” contrasts lived experiences in Paris and rural communities to highlight how social, political, and imperial relations structured the disaster. By extending the timeline of the disaster beyond the flood’s two-week duration, I trace both the history of the disaster and its impact on policy and memory in the Paris region.


  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century France
  • Disaster Studies
  • Gender
  • Empire
  • Cultural History
  • Environmental History
  • Political Ecology
  • Memory


  • M.A. New York University, 2015
  • B.A. Elon University, 2014