A historian by training, Grisard directs the Swiss Center for Social Research, Zurich, and teaches Gender Studies at the University of Basel. From 2011 to 2016 she was a Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Researcher 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 finishing her book-length project "Pink" which weaves a history of gender, sexuality and whiteness through and around the color pink (funded by the University of Basel and the Swiss National Science Foundation). She is the editor of the forthcoming anthology “Violent Times, Rising Resistance” (together with Janine Dahinden & Anneliese Erismann). With Katyanani Dalmia and Anne Kukuczka, she is editing a volume on The Life of Beauty. Experiences, Locations, Methodologies.
Grisard is deeply invested in fueling the ongoing applied research, teaching, communications and events platform "The Art of Intervention" that she curates with Andrea Zimmermann at the Center for Gender at the University of Basel.
Long standing research interests are cultures of intimacies and sexualities, critical child, color and beauty cultures as well as gender and violence. Grisard has published widely on left wing terrorism in 1970s Europe and female political prisoners in Switzerland. More recently she has published on the pink triangle in lgbtqi+ historiography, and the contentious relationship between color, masculinity and (homo)sexuality, and the ‘soft’ power of color in constituting femininity. 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).