Dr. Marie Francois earned her Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Arizona in 1998, a certificate in Women's Studies from El Colegio de México in 1992, an M.A. in Comparative History from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1988, and a B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from the University of Virginia in 1984.
Dr. Francois does research on the history of everyday life in Mexico and Latin America from the 1750s to the early twentieth century. Currently, she is investigating the cultural history of housekeeping in the urban Atlantic World. The project investigates common colonial patterns of paid and unpaid domestic work and governance in distinct emerging cultures in the eighteenth century, and compares different gendered and ethnic demographics of nineteenth-century domestic service labor markets in Argentina, Mexico and Peru. Her publications include her book, A Culture of Everyday Credit: Housekeeping, Pawnbroking, and Governance in Mexico City, 1750-1920 (University of Nebraska Press, 2006), and "Cloth and Silver: Pawning and Material Life in Mexico City at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century," The Americas 60, 3 (January 2004):325-362, winner of the 2004 Tibesar Prize from the Conference on Latin American History. She has published articles in Mexico in Estudios de Historia Novohispana (1999) and the Historia de la vida cotidiana en México series published by El Colegio de México and El Fondo de Cultura Economica (2005).