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Annete Finley-Croswhite

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D. loved history from her earliest days and never dreamed of anything else but becoming an historian. Raised around the greater Washington, D.C. area, she earned her B.A. from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia and her Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Early in her graduate career she was based in London, but the allure of France was just too great and one day she boarded a ferry for the continent and never looked back. Annette fell in love with France, the fashion industry, haute cuisine, and the haunting French landscape, not to mention the rich history and subsequently became a “French historian.” In 1987 she was even made an honorary citizen of the southern French town of Foix. Annette is an award-winning Professor of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she has also served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2001-06) and Chair of History (2006-10). Her scholarly work is focused on the history of religious violence. Annette’s first book, Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999, 2006) explored the French Wars of Religion, and her current research is tied to the French Holocaust/Shoah. She has received two grants (2011, 2012) from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies to develop coursework and research on the Holocaust, and she recently took a group of students to Auschwitz-Birkenau. With Gayle Brunelle she wrote, Murder in the Métro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010, 2012), and they have two more books in the works, Vengeance: Vichy and the Assassination of Marx Dormoy and Betrayal: Bombing Synagogues on the Streets of Paris, Igniting the French Holocaust. Annette’s hobbies are tied to travelling. She loves exploring urban centers and prides herself on the “lost art of map reading,” lost, since the invention of navigational Apps that can get one anywhere! Annette lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband, Chip, two sons, Alex and Matt, and two cats, Lego and Coco.

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