Dr. Lauren Janes

Assistant Professor of History
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Dr. Lauren Janes is an assistant professor of history and a Towsley Research Scholar.  She joined the Hope faculty in 2013.

Dr. Janes teaches world history survey courses, first year seminar and upper-level history coures in African history, modern European history and global food history. She also co-teaches a May term course in Paris, France.

Her first book, Colonial Food in Interwar Paris: The Taste of Empire, examines the promotion and consumption of colonial foods in France during and after the First World War, revealing the limits of French acceptance of colonial influence on the metropole. Colonial Food in Interwar Paris is forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic Press in 2016.

She is currently working on a textbook on global food history and a new research project examining the impact of French imperialism on diets, agricultural practices and economies in former French colonies.


Dr. Janes' interests include France, French empire, twentieth century, modern imperialism, world history pedagogy, food history and food studies.


  • Ph. D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
  • B.A. Hope College, 2004


  • Towsley Research Scholar, Hope College (2016–2020)
  • Honorable Mention, Lawerence R. Schehr Memorial Award (2012)

Published Work

  • Colonial Food in Interwar Paris: The Taste of Empire, forthcoming, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2016
  • “Writing about Cannibals and Consuming Black Africans in Twentieth-century France,” French Cultural Studies 26.2, 2015
  • “Curiosité gastronomique et cuisine exotique,” Vingtième siècle: Revue d’histoire, 123, 2014
  • “Selling rice to wheat eaters: the colonial lobby and the promotion of Pain de riz during and after the First World War,” Contemporary French Civilization 38.2, 2013
  • “Exotic Eating in Interwar Paris: Dealing with Disgust,” Food and History 8.1, 2010
  • “Python, sauce de poisson et vin: Produits des colonies et exotisme culinaire aux déjeuners amicaux de la Société d’acclimatation, 1905-1939” in Le choix des aliments: Informations et pratiques alimentaires, Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais and Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2010
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Dr. Lauren Janes

Phone Number616.395.7587

Lubbers Hall-Room 322 126 East 10th Street Holland, MI 49423-3698