Netta Green

Netta Green

French History

European History
France and its Empire
History of the Family
History of the Human Sciences
Inheritance and Economic Thought



Current Project

I am currently working on a book manuscript titled “Revolutionary Succession: Inheritance, Families, and the Social Sciences in France, 1789–1830”. The project offers an account of how inheritance became an object of study for nineteenth-century social thinkers and state bureaucrats. I show how the intervention of the state in questions of inheritance eventually contributed to the significant role of inherited wealth in the formation of modern social inequalities.

I am also working on a second project titled “Writing Longevity: Family Books, Genealogies, and the Inscription of Generations 1600-1900,” which explores the genre of the early modern family book and its transformation into an antiquarian object in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2022-2026: Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Post-doctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University

  • 2021-2022: Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorary Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Princeton University

  • 2021: Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association

  • 2019-2020: Georges Lurcy Fellowship for Research in France

  • 2017: Political Philosophy Graduate Research Grant, Center for Human Values, Princeton University

  • 2013-2015: Martin Gehl Fellowship, Tel Aviv University   


  • 2016-2022: Ph.D. History, Princeton University

  • 2014- 2016: M.A. History, Tel-Aviv University

  • 2010-2014: The Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students, Tel-Aviv University


  • “Longing for the Beheaded Father: Statistics and Inheritance in the Midi: 1795-1804,” under review.

Selected Prsentations

  • 2022: “The Civil Code and Inheritance.” European Research Seminar, Princeton University.

  • 2022: “Polity and Family: A Metaphorical Divorce.” Harvard-Princeton Early Modern Graduate Conference, Harvard University.

  • 2021: “Inheritance in the Midi.” EHESS Graduate Workshop, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.

  • 2021: “Family Statistics under Napoleon.” Early Modern Workshop, Princeton University.

  • 2021: “All Happy Families are Alike? Kinship, Statistics and Regional Variation under Napoleon.” Harvard-Princeton Early Modern Graduate Conference, Princeton University.

  • 2021: “Egalitarian Inheritance, Revolutionary Petitions, and the Moral Sciences, 1789-1794. University of Hamburg’s Early Modern Colloquium, Hamburg (invited talk).

  • 2020: “The Maladies of Primogeniture: Debates over Egalitarian Inheritance in the French Revolution.” Society for French Historical Studies Annual Conference, Auckland, NZ.

  • 2019: “Women, Nature and Enlightenment.” EHESS Graduate Workshop, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris.

  • 2019: “Paternal Authority, Family Memory and Record Keeping in Early Modern Livres de raison.” Harvard-Princeton Early Modern Graduate Conference, Princeton University.