Dornsife-EHESS Partnership—Roundtable on The Limits of Transnationalism, Center for Law, History and Culture

Wednesday, February 9 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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The Levan Institute for the Humanities and USC Dornsife College are pleased to announce the inaugural scholarly exchange in the USC Dornsife-EHESS Partnership. This program invites one professor from USC and one professor from the Écoles des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales to spend a month as a visiting faculty in the partner institution within the regular academic year. For more information on this program, please visit

The Center for Law, History and Culture presents a roundtable on The Limits of Transnationalism

Transnationalism means many things to many people, from crossing physical borders to crossing intellectual ones. The Limits of Transnationalism reassesses the overly optimistic narratives often associated with this malleable term, revealing both the metaphorical and very real obstacles for transnational mobility. Nancy L. Green begins her wide-ranging examination with the story of Frank Gueydan, an early twentieth-century American convicted of manufacturing fake wine in France who complained bitterly that he was neither able to get a fair trial there nor to enlist the help of US officials. Gueydan’s predicament opens the door for a series of inquiries into the past twenty-five years of transnational scholarship, raising questions about the weaknesses of global networks and the slippery nature of citizenship ties for those who try to live transnational lives. The Limits of Transnationalism serves as a cogent reminder of this topic’s complexity, calling for greater attention to be paid to the many bumps in the road.

The Author will be joined by panelists Donna Gabaccia and Sam Erman. Moderated by Jessica Marglin. 


Professor Nancy L. Green of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales will be the inaugural Dornsife-EHESS Visiting Professor at USC, in residence February 1-28, 2022. Nancy L. Green is professor (directrice d’études) emerita of history at the EHESS. She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago and a doctorat d’état from the Université de Paris VII. A scholar of migration history, comparative methods, and French and American social history, her recent major publications include Citizenship and Those Who Leave (co-ed. with François Weil); The Other Americans in Paris: Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941A Century of Transnationalism: Immigrants and Their Homeland Connections (co-ed. with Roger Waldinger); and The Limits of Transnationalism.

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