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University of South Florida
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France, Algeria, decolonization, empire, religion, Christianity
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About Me

I am a historian of the modern French empire, with a specific focus on North Africa and decolonization. My first book, Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria (Cambridge University Press, 2016) explored the role of Christianity in the decolonization of Algeria, and the impact of decolonization on transformations in global Christianity in the 1960s. I’m completing a textbook titled Modern France and the World for Routledge that will cover France and its empire as well as France’s global interactions from the seventeenth century to the present.

Recent Publications


Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Modern France and the World (Routledge, forthcoming)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“The Politics of Neutrality: Cimade, Humanitarianism, and State Power in Modern France,” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 9, 2 (Summer 2018): 245-270

“The Impact of North African Decolonization on the Church in Europe,” in Europe Seen from North Africa: Governance, Institutions and Culture, ed. Muriam Haleh Davis and Thomas Serres, 91-109 (London: Bloomsbury, 2018)

“After the Exodus: Catholics and the Colonial Legacy in Post-Independence Algeria,” French Politics, Culture & Society 33, 2 (Summer 2015): 97-118

“Treason or Charity? Christian Missions on Trial and the Decolonization of Algeria,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 44 (November 2012): 733-753

Non-Refereed Publications

“The Mobilization of Identity around Notre-Dame de Paris and the Danger of Christian Nationalism,” essay commissioned for EuropeNow, the online journal for the Council of European Studies, published online October 2, 2019,

Interview on Decolonizing Christianity for the New Books in French Studies podcast, broadcast June 26, 2018,

“Algérie coloniale et christianisme,” interview on Decolonizing Christianity on the LibéAfrica4 blog, Libé, published online August 7, 2016,

“Temporary Migrants or Permanent Immigrants: France’s Long ‘Migrant Crisis,’” article on the Reluctant Internationalists Blog, November 16, 2015,

“Les institutions catholiques et protestantes et la guerre de libération algérienne” in Les chrétiens dans la guerre, 1954-1962 (Algiers: Le Centre d’études diocésain, 2013). Conference proceedings published online February 2014:

Textbook Contributions

Contributing author for the Computerized Test Bank, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, ed. Lynn Hunt, et al., Fourth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2012) (entailed writing 50 multiple choice questions, 10 short answer questions with responses, 5 long essays with responses for 15 textbook chapters)

Encyclopedia Articles

“Bertha von Suttner,” “Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women,” “Ecofeminism,” “Simone Weil,” “Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, ed. by Bonnie G. Smith (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Encyclopedia timeline, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, ed by Bonnie G. Smith (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008) (110 pages)

Book Reviews

Review of Laure Humbert, Reinventing French Aid: The Politics of Humanitarian Relief in French-Occupied Germany, 1945-1952, in The Journal of Modern History (forthcoming)

Review of Judith Surkis, Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830-1930, in Arab Studies Review 29, 1 (2021): 99-103.

Review of Emma Kuby, Political Survivors: The Resistance, the Cold War, and the Fight Against Concentration Camps, in The Journal of Modern History 92, 3 (2020): 687-88.

Review of Todd D. Shepard, Sex, France & Arab Men, H-Diplo Roundtable XXI-16 (published online, November 22, 2019)

Review of Colette Zytnicki, L’Algérie, terre de tourisme, in The Journal of North African Studies 23, no. 4 (June 2018)

Review of Jeffrey James Byrne, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization & the Third World Order, in The Journal of African History 58, no. 3 (November 2017): 527-528

Review of Claire Eldridge, From empire to exile: History and memory within the pied-noir and harki communities, 1962-2012, on H-France Reviews (March 2017)

Review of Eveline Safir Lavalette, Juste Algérienne. Comme une tissure, in The Journal of North African Studies 19, no. 5 (December 2014): 867-869

Review of Owen White and J.P. Daughton, eds. In God’s Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World, in History: Reviews of New Books 42, no. 1 (January 2014): 35-36

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Africa, France, Mediterranean, Middle East, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
5, 7, 8
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Migration & Immigration, Politics, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion