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Erika Rappaport

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Current Courses

Winter 2009 (tentative)

Spring 2009 (tentative)

Fall 2009 (tentative)

Winter 2010 (tentative)

Fall 2011 (tentative)

Winter 2012 (tentative)

Spring 2012 (tentative)

Winter 2013 (tentative)

  • History 124A
    Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Europe, 1750 to 1914 [cross listed]
  • History 201E
    Advanced Historical Literature: Europe

Spring 2013 (tentative)

Fall 2013 (tentative)

Spring 2014 (tentative)

  • History 223A
    Seminar in Modern European History

Fall 2014 (tentative)

Winter 2015 (tentative)

Spring 2015 (tentative)

Winter 2016 (tentative)

Spring 2016 (tentative)

  • History 4C
    Western Civilization (1715 CE to Present)

Department Fields


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Current Graduate Students

Modern Britain, Gender History, Comparative Consumer Cultures

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1993

Office: HSSB 4253
Fax: (805) 893-8795

I am a European cultural historian, focused in particular on the history of gender and consumer cultures in Modern Britain and its Empire. I am especially interested in the ways in which particular commodities and shopping spaces are integral to the construction of identities in the 19th and 20th centuries. My recent work seeks to reposition the British Empire within a broader global framework. I enjoy teaching comparative histories of gender, consumerism, urban history, Empires and globalization.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Modern Britain and its Empire
  • Modern European Cultural History
  • Comparative Gender and Sexualities
  • Consumer Culture
  • Imperial and Transnational Histories

Current Projects

  • An Acquired Taste: Tea and the Global History of an Imperial Commodity
    This project explores the global history of South Asian tea from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. It does so to interrogate the ways in which commodities materiallized national and imperial identies within and beyond the British Empire.

Selected Publications

  • Shopping for Pleasure: Women in the Making of London's West End
    Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000
  • Packaging China: Foreign Articles and Dangerous Tastes in the Mid-Victorian Tea Party
    in The Making of the Consumer: Knowledge, Power and Identity in the Modern World, edited by Frank Trentmann (Oxford: Berg, 2006): 125-46.
  • ‘The Bombay Debt’: Letter Writing, Domestic Economies and Family Conflict in Colonial India
    Gender and History 16, no. 2 (August 2004): 233-260. Winner of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies Biannual Article Prize.
  • Art, Commerce, or Empire? The Rebuilding of Regent Street, 1880-1927
    History Workshop Journal 53 (Spring 2002): 96-119
  • “Travelling in the Lady Guide’s London: Consumption, Modernity and the Fin-de-Siècle Metropolis”
    in Meanings of Modernity: Britain from Late-Victorian Times to World War Two, edited by Martin Daunton and Bernhard Reiger (New York and London: Berg Publishers and New York University Press, 2001)
  • “Acts of Consumption: Musical Comedy and the Desire of Exchange”
    in Cathedrals of Consumption: The European Department Store 1850-1939, edited by Geoffrey Crossick and Serge Jaumain (London: Ashgate, 1999)
  • “‘A Husband and His Wife's Dresses’: Consumer Credit and the Debtor Family in England, 1864-1914”
    in The Sex of Things: Gender and Consumption in Historical Perspective, edited by Victoria de Grazia and Ellen Furlough (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996)
  • ‘The Halls of Temptation’: Gender, Politics, and the Construction of the Department Store in Late-Victorian London
    Journal of British Studies 35 (January 1996): 58-83
  • ‘A New Era of Shopping': The Promotion of Women's Pleasure in London's West End, 1909-1914
    in Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life, edited by Leo Charney and Vanessa R. Schwartz (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995)
  • Consuming Behaviours: Identity, Politics and Pleasure in Twentieth Century Britain
    London: Bloomsbury, 2015

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

  • History 4C: European History, 1715 to the Present
  • History 141A: 19th Century Britain
  • History 141B: 20th Century Britain
  • History 124A: Women, Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1750-1914
  • HIstory 124B: Women, Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1914 to the Present
  • Various graduate and undergraduate seminars on comparative consumer cultures, British National and Imperial History and European Gender History

Honors and Professional Activities

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Personal Research Award, 2010-2011
  • Modern Britain and Ireland Editor, History Compass
  • University of California President’s Fellowship in the Humanities, awarded for 2004-05
  • International Visiting Fellow, Cultures of Consumption Program, Birkbeck College, University of London, Summer 2004.
  • Honorable Mention, 2001 British Council Prize, North American Conference on British Studies
    for Shopping for Pleasure: Women in the Making of London’s West End (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000)
  • Advisory Council Member, North American Victorian Studies Association