Roxanne Panchasi

Associate Professor
Office: AQ 6227

Areas of Study: EUROPE


Born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, I completed a BA in History at Concordia University. After graduating in 1993, I set off for central New Jersey where I entered the Ph.D. program in History at Rutgers University. From 1996-1999, I spent three glorious years roaming the streets of Paris. I joined the faculty at SFU in 2001 and completed my doctoral dissertation in 2002.

Research Interests

Since the beginning of my academic career, I have been interested in the study of a wide range of cultural objects and moments from the French past. My early research included subjects as diverse as the emergent science of handwriting analysis in nineteenth-century France and the "uncanny" rehabilitation of wounded soldiers during and after World War I. My book, Future Tense: The Culture of Anticipation in France Between the Wars, examines representations of the future and the futuristic between 1918 and 1939. I have also published articles on experimental and documentary film and history, including the work of Peter Watkins and Louis Malle. Over the past several years, my research has focused on the cultural politics of the "French" bomb after 1945, including the history and legacies of France's nuclear weapons detonations in Algeria and Maohi Nui (French Polynesia) from the early 1960s through the mid-1990s. I am also the founding host of New Books in French Studies a podcast channel on the New Books Network that I launched in 2013.




Areas of Graduate Supervision:

Modern Europe, France, Cultural History, Colonial and Postcolonial History

Accepting new graduate students: yes

Teaching Interests

I teach a range of subjects at the undergraduate and graduate levels including courses on modern Europe, modern  France, and historical methods. I also regularly teach in the Honours program in History. In 2012, I was awarded a Teaching Learning Development Grant from SFU's Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines as the Principle Investigator of "Excavating the Present in the History Classroom," a research study focused on History student engagement with current events.


  • Visiting International Fellowship, Society for French Studies, 2023
  • SFU Scholarly Digitization Fund Grant, “La Seconde Guerre Mondiale”, 2019
  • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Travel Grant, 2015
  • Cormack Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, 2014
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Small Research Grant for "Atomic Clouds in Tricolour: The Cultural Politics of the Bomb in France, 1960-1966," 2013-2015.
  • Teaching Learning Development Grant, Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines, SFU, 2012-2013
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council Travel Grant, 2006
  • Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Faculty Fellowship, 2005-2006
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Small Research Grant, 2005
  • Simon Fraser University, President's Research Grant, 2003-2005

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