Professor Maza (PhD Princeton, 1978) is the second CCHS Director, after founder T.H. Breen. She has directed the Center since 2012, with a year's break in 2015-16 for research in France. The Jane Long Professor in the Arts and Sciences, she specializes in the history of France from the 18th to the 20th century, with a focus on social, cultural and intellectual history. Most of her work concerns “the social imaginary,” the ways in which people in the past have understood, experienced, and represented social identities, particularly class identities. Her latest book is on Thinking About History (University of Chicago Press, 2017). In October 2018 Professor Maza convened a major conference on "Writing History through Children" as part of her Dorothy and Clarence Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Professorship; the conference was co-sponsored by CCHS. For more on Professor Maza, see here.