Since 1988, Joan DeJean has served as a Trustee Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at Yale and Princeton in the past. She being the author of eleven works on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature, history, and material culture, the most recent of which is How Paris Became Paris: The Creation of the Modern City (2014); The Age of Comfort: When Paris Found Casual--and the Modern Household Started (2009); and The Essence of Style: How the French Created High Fashion, Fine Cuisine, Stylish CafÃ©s, Style, and Sophistry (2009). She lives in Philadelphia and, when in Paris, she stays right around the corner from the house where the story begins in 1612.
- Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast
- How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City
- Ourika: The Original French Text
- The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour
- The Queen's Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis