Carnegie Mellon University

Christine Grant

Christine Grant

Professor, History


Christine Grant is a historian of modern Europe who researches cities, childhoods, and juvenile detention with a focus on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research focuses on penitentiary agricultural colonies, an institutional model designed specifically to rehabilitate young criminals. It appealed to reformers who saw juvenile crime as an urban problem that could be remedied by transferring young criminals into a rural environment. Her work takes a transnational view, looking at colonies in France, Russia, and Soviet Ukraine. She earned her PhD from CMU in 2019 and now teaches a range of courses that expand traditional narratives about European history to show Europe’s entanglements with the wider world.


PhD in History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2019


Courses Taught

  • Europe and the World since 1800
  • Russian History and Revolutionary Socialism, 1861-1953
  • Lock ‘Em Up! Incarcerating Children, 1820s-2021
  • Napoleon
  • The Burqa Controversy: Religion, Race, and the Politics of Culture in Modern Europe
  • World War I: The View from Paris and St Petersburg

Department Member Since: 2019