About Me

My name is Thomas Cardoza, and I have a Ph.D. in French history from the University of California. I also earned a Master's degree in military history from Purdue University, and before that a bachelor's degree in history from the California State University, Chico. After earning my doctorate, I taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California, San Diego. Desiring to live in the same state as my wife, in 2003 I left UCSD and took a position in the Humanities Department at Truckee Meadows Community College. In 2013, I accepted a postion at Arizona State University. I have been involved in some sort of research on the subject of cantinières for about 20 years. I recently published a book on the subject, and to the best of my knowledge it is the only academic book-length study of the subject. I am currently working on a book about women who disguised themselves as men to serve in the ranks as soldiers. I will post more details about that once the book is finished.

I have varying degrees of fluency in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Swedish, and I firmly believe that you can never know too many languages, or know them too well.

Although my book on vivandières and cantinières has been published, I continue to research the topic, for the simple reason that such a terribly underexplored and carefully obscured topic will need continuous and careful examination for a very long time to come. Updates and new discoveries may appear in any future editions of the book, but they will appear here first, so watch this web page for updates as I uncover new material.

I also research other topics in military history, including the participation of children in the military and in warfare, and French military history in general. Areas of particular interest include enfants de troupe, the Crimean War, the French intervention in Belgium in 1831-32, and the French army in the two world wars. I also maintain a broader interest in French history and the historical field in general. I particularly like to study the place of art, music, and various forms of literature in the formation and modification of culture, subjects that occupy the vast majority of my classes. I recently finished a book-length project on a French enfant de troupe in the years 1800-1809, which should be coming out soon (I'll anounce it here, since his mother was a cantinière).

If you have questions, comments, or new information or sources, feel free to contact me. Given that I teach classes, engage in research and publication, attend to many service and administrative duties, and still try to have a family and personal life, I can't promise quick response times, but I do promise to get back to you as time allows.