Danielle Haase-Dubosc (1939-2017)
Danielle Haase-Dubosc was the Executive Director of Reid Hall, now the Columbia Global Center-Paris, from 2004-2017. She played many roles at Reid Hall, directing the Columbia University Institute for Scholars and the MA program in French Cultural Studies in a Global Context. She was instrumental in establishing Reid Hall as the premier venue for study abroad in Paris and will be fondly remembered by the many students and faculty whose studies and careers she nurtured. An active scholar of French, Francophone and Transnational Gender Studies, Danielle Haase-Dubosc remained an active scholar after her retirement from Columbia. She is survived by her husband, Dominique and her children, Vanessa and Olivier, three grandchildren and two step-children.
A Memorial Ceremony was held at Reid Hall on December 11, 2017.
Danielle Haase-Dubosc obtained her PhD in Comparative Literature from Columbia in 1971. She taught at Barnard College before moving to Reid Hall and creating Columbia’s undergraduate programs of study in France. She held a visiting appointment at the University of Paris VII (Denis Diderot), and lectured widely in France, the United States, India and elsewhere. Her main teaching and research interests were: 17th-century French and comparative literature; the cultural study of early modern gender; gender studies in the contemporary world; cultural transnationalism and social justice in the Palestinian context. Her book, Ravie et enlevée: de l'enlèvement des femmes comme stratégie matrimoniale au dix-septième siècle was published by Albin Michel, Paris, 1999. She also co-edited Femmes et pouvoirs sous l'Ancien Régime, Paris: Rivages, 1991, Enjeux contemporains du féminisme indien, Editions de la maison des sciences de l'homme, Paris, 2002 and French Feminism: an Indian anthology, Delhi: Sage Press, 2002. She published many essays on subjects including women intellectuals in the 17th-century, Corneille, Madeleine de Scudéry, Mary Wortley Montagu, Maupassant, Colette, and the parity movement in France. Danielle Haase-Dubosc was a founding member and former president of SIEFAR: the Société international pour l’étude des femmes de l’ancien régime.