Hannah Stamler

Alumni; Ph.D. 2024

Dissertation Title:
"Patrimony in Miniature: French Childhood, Culture, and Media in the Shadow of Depopulation, 1900-1940"

I am a PhD candidate in History and Interdisciplinary Humanities (IHUM). My dissertation bridges history, art history, and childhood studies by examining how early childhood was reimagined through visual and material culture in France from the early to mid 1900s. In addition to the IHUM program, my project has been generously supported by the Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust and the Wolfsonian Museum and Library.

My earlier research on material culture and motherhood is published in French Politics, Culture & Society. I am also a practicing art critic and contribute frequently to Art in America and Artforum, among other outlets. Links to this work can be found on my personal website.

I received my B.A. in Honors History and French from Cornell University in 2012, and was a 2012–2013 Cornell-Heidelberg Fellow at Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg. Prior to starting at Princeton, I worked for several years in art publishing.

Prospective students in the modern Europe field are welcome to reach out if they have any questions about the program.



"Negative and Positive Images: Race, Empire, and Family in Interwar French Pathé Baby Advertising," Film History 34, no. 3 (2022): 23–45.

"Decorating Mothers, Defining Maternity: The Invention of the French Family Medal and the Rise of Profamily Ideology in 1920s France," French Politics, Culture & Society 40, 1 (2022): 83-106.

Degree Year
Year of Study
Area of Interest
Art History
Cultural History
Gender & Sexuality
History of Childhood
Visual Culture
Home Department & Other Affiliations
19th Century
20th Century