A former student of l’École normale supérieure and the holder of an agrégation in history, Pauline Mortas is a doctoral student at the Centre d’histoire du xixe siècle (université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). Her research focuses on the history of heterosexuality, the couple, and the construction of gender identities in France during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her thesis, directed by Dominique Kalifa (université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Sylvie Chaperon (université de Toulouse-Le Mirail), explores the history of heterosexuality and the couple through the lens of sexual problems during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She was awarded the 2015 Mnémosyne prize for women’s and gender history, and in 2017 published Une rose épineuse. La défloration en France au xixe siècle with Presses universitaires de Rennes.