School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Jemima Short

PhD candidate in French Studies.


Professor Màire Cross and Professor Nigel Harkness

Bishops and Female Orders: A Case Study of Women’s Agency in the Diocese of Nantes

This AHRC funded project examines the actions of ordinary, even anonymous women working in Catholic religious orders in order to enrich a currently fragmented history of female activism in France. Building on master’s research which explored influential nineteenth century anticlerical discourse, my PhD explores the little-studied narrative of women’s experiences within the Catholic hierarchy, in highly structured organisations that professionalised their labour.

In this way, my project will apply methods of trade union studies to a case study of Catholic female orders. Moving away from studies that focus on individual and well-known personalities, it will turn instead to the actions of ordinary, even anonymous women working in a collective, and the records of their day-to- day interactions with those in authority.

Research Interests

Gender and religion, female agency, Church-State relations, 19th Century France

Research Groups


FRE1071 Level B French
FRE1006 La France de 1789 à nos jours
Previous teaching experience as a lectrice at the University of Nantes, leading a wide variety of English language classes.


Paper presented at the ASMCF annual conference, 2015
Paper presented at the Gender Research Group dissertation symposium, 2015

Academic Background

BA (Hons) French Studies, Newcastle University
MLitt French Studies, Newcastle University