LAPA Fellow


Camille Robcis

2011-2012 LAPA/Mellon Fellow
Assistant Professor of History, Cornell University

Camille Robcis is an Assistant Professor of History at Cornell University. She has taught courses on modern French history, intellectual history, historiography, gender and sexuality, psychoanalysis, and European social and political thought. Robcis received her B.A. in History and Modern Culture and Media from Brown University and her Ph.D. in History from Cornell. After completing her doctorate in 2007, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Penn Humanities Forum. Her scholarship has focused on three broad issues: the relationships among intellectuals, ideas, and politics; the historical construction of norms; and the articulation of universalism and difference in the context of modern France. While at LAPA, Robcis will be revising her book manuscript: The Law of Kinship: Anthropology, Psychoanalysis, and the Politics of the Family in Twentieth-Century France, in which she examines how French policy makers have called upon structuralist anthropology and psychoanalysis (specifically, the works of Claude Levi-Strauss and Jacques Lacan) to reassert the centrality of sexual difference as the foundation for all social and psychic organization. She is also beginning a new project called The Return of Republicanism, about French intellectual life in 1980s. She will be the Mellon/LAPA Fellow in Law and the Humanities.


"'China In Our Heads:' Althusser, Maoism, and Structuralism," Social Text 110 (Spring 2012) (Special Issue on "China and the Human"), forthcoming.

"French Sexual Politics from Human Rights to the Anthropological Function of the Law," French Historical Studies 33.1 (Winter 2010), 129-156.

"Féminisme radical et politique non gouvernementale" Vacarme, Numéro 34, Hiver 2006.

"How the Symbolic Became French: Kinship and Republicanism in the PACS Debates," Discourse 26.3 (Fall 2004): 110-135 (Special Issue on "The Problem of Marriage in the New Century").

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