History - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Dr. Sandrine Sanos

Professor of Modern European History

Contact Information: 
 Mailing Unit - 5814
 Phone: (361) 825-2466
 E-mail: sandrine.sanos@tamucc.edu

Aesthetics of Hate

Podcast Interview on New Books in French Studies, January 2014
New Woman
HansBellmer Doll

Sandrine Sanos is a cultural and intellectual historian educated in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her scholarship focuses on twentieth-century France and its empire, gender and sexuality, the relationship of aesthetics and politics, the question of violence, war, exile, and feminist theory. She is the author of The Aesthetics of Hate: Far-Right Intellectuals, Antisemitism, and Gender in 1930s France (Stanford, 2013) and of a historical biography of Simone de Beauvoir: Creating a Feminist existence (Oxford, 2016), as well as articles on European cinema, French literature, and feminist thought. She is currently at work on two book projects: the first, The Horror of History in Cold War France examines the gendered aftereffects of violence from 1954 and 1967 and how representations of the sex of violence shaped understandings of past and present wars, from the Holocaust to Algeria and Vietnam. The second charts a genealogy of French and Francophone utopian thought and imaginaries in feminist theory, avant-garde art, and radical political violence from 1968 to 1988.

 Ph.D. in Modern European History, Rutgers University
 M.A. in Women's History, Royal Holloway & Bedford New College, London University, UK.
 B.A Hon. in Modern History, Pembroke College, Oxford University, U.K.


Select Publications
The Aesthetics of Hate: Far-Right Intellectuals, Antisemitism, and Gender in 1930s France, Stanford University Press, 2013.

Simone de Beauvoir: Creating a Feminist Existence in the World, Oxford University Press, 2016.



  • “Late Modern Feminist Subversions: Sex, Subjectivity, and Embodiment,”  in Warren Breckman & Peter Gordon (eds.), The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought Vol. 2, Cambridge University Press, 2019

  • “The Sex and Race of Satire: Charlie Hebdo and the Politics of Representation in Contemporary France,” Jewish History special issue: “Muslims and Jews before and after Charlie Hebdo,” Vol. 32 #1-2 (December 2018)

  • “Being in Parenthesis: The Politics of Memory, Sex, and Jewishness in Diane Kurys’ Visions of May ’68,” French Historical Studies, special issue: “May ’68: New Approaches, New Perspectives,” Vol. 48 #2 (April 2018)

  • "My Body was Aflame with his Memory:" War, Gender, and Colonial Ghosts in Hiroshima Mon Amour, 1959." forthcoming in Gender & History (2016): special issue on "Gender and Global Warfare in the 20th Century."
  • Co-authored with Dr. Anupama Arora, "Bhangra Blues: Melancholy, Memory, and History in Gurinder Chadha's I'm British But," The Journal of Post-Colonial Writing Vol. 47 #1 (February 2011): 89-100.

  • 2019 Amy Millstone Prize for the best interdisciplinary paper, Western Society for French History

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Award, 2017-2018 for the project "The Horror of History"
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, Summer 2016
  • Research Fellowship, ICI-Berlin:  Institute of Cultural Inquiry / KulturLabor (Berlin, Germany), 2011-2012 & Summer 2013 (declined)

  •  Visiting Summer Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study (Princeton, New Jersey), Summer 2010

  •  Resident Summer Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Study, Holocaust Museum (Washington, D.C.), Summer 2007

  •  Faculty Fellow, Hess Seminar, Center for Advanced Holocaust Study, Holocaust Museum (Washington, D.C.), January 2005 
  • College of Liberal Arts Award in Excellence in Research and Scholarship, TAMU-CC, 2014-2015
  • Clark-McClintock-GershEnson Memorial Fund, History Department, Rutgers University, Spring 2011

  •  University Research Enhancement Grant, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 2009-2010
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Texas A&M University System, Fall & Spring 2010


 Undergraduate Courses
 The Enlightenment & the French Revolution
 1815-1914 Europe
 20th c. Modern Europe (women & gender, colonialism, Holocaust)
 Modern France
 Western Civilization survey
 History of Sexuality in the Modern West
Graduate courses:
 The Archive
 Gender, Sexuality, and Imperialism
 Post 1945 France