A historian by training, Grisard teaches Gender Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland, since 2006. From 2011 to 2016 she was a Visiting Scholar at City University London, London School of Economics, Columbia University, the Graduate Center at the City of New York, the New School for Social Research, and the University of Chicago.
Grisard is presently working on two book-length projects: „Pink“ weaves a history of gender and sexuality through and around the color pink (funded by the University of Basel and the Swiss National Science Foundation); a second project entitled „bedroom cultures“ interrogates the changing face of intimacy and its relationship to the material culture of the ostensibly most private place there is, the bedroom.
She also recently convened a Summer School and international conference on "The Politics of Beauty" at the University of Cambridge.
In addition, Grisard is preparing the „Skin Color Reader,“ an anthology on seminal work on the theme of skin color and colorisms, as well as two special issues in journals: „Color Sells? Color as Marketing Tool“ and „Skin Matters. Gendered and Racial Economies of Skin Color.“ Long standing research interests are the history of intimacies and sexualities, 19th and 20th century European prison cultures, as well as gendering 1970s left-wing political activism. Grisard’s research and studies have taken her to the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Argentina, Germany and Switzerland.
Grisard has published extensively on left wing terrorism in 1970s Europe and female political prisoners in Switzerland. More recently she has published on the pink triangle, lgbt historiography, and the use of pink in prisons, on the sexualization and pinkification of girl culture, and on princess boys. Grisard is the author of Gendering Terror (2011), a history of (counter)terrorism in 1970s Switzerland and Germany, and the editor of three anthologies on gender theory: Verschieden Sein (2013), Gender in Motion (2007), and Gender and Knowledge (2004).