Aurélie Élisa Gfeller

Aurélie completed her Ph.D. in history at Princeton University in 2008. In 2000, she received a licence ès lettres (joint BA/MA in history, art history, and French) from the University of Lausanne and in 2001 an MA in international relations from Stanford University. She was a research fellow in the Department of International History at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Her field specialties include international and transatlantic relations, European integration, global culture, and World Heritage.


Selected Publications


Building a European Identity: France, the United States, and the Oil Shock, 1973–74, New York, Berghahn Books, 2012.



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“The Authenticity of Heritage: Global Norm-Making at the Crossroads of Cultures.” American Historical Review 122, 3 (2017): 758-791.

“Scaling the Local: Canada’s Rideau Canal and Shifting World Heritage Norms,” Journal of World History 26, no. 3 (2016): 491-520. With Jaci Eisenberg.
Winner of the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) International Geneva Award 2015.

“Anthropologizing and Indigenizing Heritage: The Origins of the UNESCO Global Strategy for a Representative, Balanced and Credible World Heritage List,” Journal of Social Archaeology 15, no. 3 (2015): 366-386.

“Champion of Human Rights: The European Parliament and the Helsinki Process,” Journal of Contemporary History 49, no. 2 (2014): 390-409.

“Negotiating the Meaning of Global Heritage: ‘Cultural Landscapes’ in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, 1972–1992,” Journal of Global History 8, no. 3 (2013): 483-503.

“Réinventer l’institution parlementaire européenne : Simone Veil et les premiers élus au suffrage universel direct,” Cultures & Conflits, no. 85/86 (2012): 81-98.

“Introduction: Democratizing Europe, Reaching out to the Citizen?” Journal of European Integration History 17, no. 1 (2011): 5-12 (with Wilfried Loth and Matthias Schulz).

“Une militante du parlementarisme européen : Simone Veil,” Journal of European Integration History, 17, no. 1 (2011): 61-72.

“A European Voice in the Arab World? France, the Superpowers and the Middle East, 1970–1974,” Cold War History 11, no. 4 (2011): 659-676. Reviewed by David Styan for H-Diplo

“Imagining European Identity: French Elites and the American Challenge in the Pompidou-Nixon Era,” Contemporary European History 19, no. 2 (2010): 133-49. Reviewed by Michael Sutton for H-Diplo


Book Chapters

“UNESCO and the Shaping of Global Heritage.” In A History of UNESCO: Global Actions and Impacts, edited by Poul Duedahl. 279-299. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan 2016. With Jaci Eisenberg.

“Preserving Cultural Heritage across the Iron Curtain: The International Council on Monuments and Sites from Venice to Warsaw, 1964–1978.” In Geteilt – Vereint! Denkmalpflege in Mitteleuropa Zur Zeit Des Eisernen Vorhangs Und Heute, edited by Ursula Schädler-Saub and Angela Weyer. Schriften des Hornemann Instituts / ICOMOS – Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkommitees, 115-21. Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2015.


Working Papers

Culture at the Crossroad of International Politics: UNESCO, World Heritage, and the Holy Land.” In Papiers d’actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective: Fondation Pierre du Bois no. 3 (2013): 1-11.