I joined the University of London Institute in Paris in 2012, having previously taught as a postgraduate student at New York University and the University of Southampton.  I have lived in Paris, on and off, since 2009, when I first came to use the archives and libraries as part of my PhD research.  As a historian, I enjoy being close to the many fascinating historical sites in Paris.  

Teaching specialism

Modern and contemporary history of France and the francophone world

Qualifications

PhD in French Studies and History, New York University, 2013.

Research

  • My research focuses on European settlers in Algeria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  I am especially interested in the ways in which settlers from around the Mediterranean used written and physical expression to construct a sense of local community, which served as a point of reference in political debates about the governance of the colonial territory, and cultural debates about French ‘identity’.  I work primarily on the colonial press, investigating the transformation of publication formats, the use of multilingual expression, and the establishment of professional practices and hierarchies amongst journalists.  I also examine the role of colonial medicine in Algeria, and the emergence of medical research into ‘a new white race’ in the colonial territory. My work underlines the transnational processes which shaped local identities, and engages with questions of gender, ‘race’ and colonial power.
  • I am currently preparing the manuscript of a book which examines the development of the press in Algeria in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  The book reveals the ways in which settler colonialism shaped the expression of journalists in Algeria, and promoted specific forms of political and cultural identification amongst the diverse groups within colonial society.
  • Alongside colleagues from other UK institutions, I am co-editing a special issue of a journal which examines settler colonialism in Algeria. The special issue aims to provide a basis for the development of connected histories of settler colonialism, which address inter-imperial networks and exchanges between European colonial empires.

As a contribution to a special issue of a journal examining cultural histories of medicine, I am working on an article which traces the development of the medical press in Algeria, and the divergent strategies of cultural persuasion available to different groups involved in colonial medicine.

 

‘In Paris, the past is everywhere on display, but there is always something new to discover.’

Publications