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History Department at Lehman College

Faculty: Evelyn Ackerman

Evelyn AckermanAcademic Interests

Social history of women and the family, modern France, healthcare


Modern French history and French colonial medicine

Selected Publications

  • Health Care in the Parisian Countryside, 1800-1914. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990.
  • Village on the Seine: Tradition and Change in Bonnières, 1815-1914. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1978.

Articles, Reviews, and Essays

  • "Waldemar Haffkine, Medical Science, and Jewish Idealism," Occasional Papers in Jewish History and Thought, no. 32, Hunter College, 2007.
  • "The Introduction of Surgery in a Hospital in Tonkin in 1906," in Les Nouvelles Pratiques de santé: Acteurs, objets, logiques sociales (XVIIIe-XXe siècles). ed. Patrice Bourdelais and Olivier Faure. (Paris: Belin, 2005), 89-102.
  • "The Intellectual Odyssey of a French Colonial Physician: Jules Regnault and Far Eastern Medicine," French Historical Studies, 91, (fall 1996):1083-1102.
  • "The Activities of a Country Doctor in New York State: Dr.Elias Cornelius of Somers, 1794-1830." In La Medicalisation de la societe francaise, 1770-1830. (ed. Jean-Pierre Goubert. Waterloo, Ontario: Historical Reflections Press, 1982). My chapter in the above book also appeared as an article in Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques Sept. 1982): pp. l8l-193.
  • "Use by Patients of a French Provincial Hospital, 1895- 1923." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 54 (1980): 188- 203. (with the assistance of Enid A. Lang, M.D.).
  • "Chanzeaux at the Turn of the Century." Chapter 3 in Laurence Wylie, ed., Chanzeaux: A Village in Anjou (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Univ. Press, 1966), pp. 60-71. This book was translated into French and published as Chanzeaux, village d'Anjou by Gallimard in 1970; my pages in the French edition are 86-100).

Grants and Awards

  • Received Excellence in Teaching Award, Lehman College, spring 2008.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Extending the Reach Institutional Grant for the "Creation of an Advanced Teaching Suite." 2001
  • Appointed Professeur Invité at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), January 2002.
  • Received Performance Excellence Award (Humanities), Lehman College, spring 2000.
  • Grant LM 03001 from the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) for work on a monograph on the history of medical care in rural France, 1800-1914, 1977-1979.
  • Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in support of the above project. 1977-1978. I declined this fellowship in favor of the NIH Grant.
  • Named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government (Ministry of Culture and Communication), decree of 2 March 1978.


  • Society for French Historical Studies, American Association for the History of Medicine, Phi Beta Kappa