Assistant Professor of Modern French and Global History
Faculty advisor, Phi Alpha Theta
Office: 105 Mitchell
Education: Ph.D., European History, Rutgers University, 2011
Modern France and Europe, Global history, Atlantic and Caribbean history, Intellectual
and cultural history, historical theory
My current book project, After Négritude: The Cultural Politics of Place in Postcolonial France and the Caribbean, draws on research conducted in France and the Caribbean to rethink histories of
decolonization as well the cultural and intellectual history of modern Europe. Through
a close study of how French Antilleans negotiated their political and cultural identity
in postwar France, my project shows how decolonization profoundly transformed ideas
of nation, culture, citizenship, and the self, even when, in the case of Martinique
and Guadeloupe, it did not lead to national sovereignty. Their writings, grounded
in European traditions and debates yet reflective of the particularities of Antillean
life, resonated far beyond the Caribbean, transforming intellectual life and capturing
a global audience that ranged from black power activists in inner city America to
philosophers on Paris' Left Bank.
I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of modern Europe, the
European colonial empires, the Caribbean, global and world history, cultural and intellectual
history, and the theory and practice of history.
Recent course offerings
- Philosophy and Theory of History
- History of the Caribbean
- Modern European Historiography
- History of Modern France
- History of Modern Britain
- The World since 1945
- From Colonialism to Globalism
- World Civilizations II
"Race, Citizenship, and Antillean Student Activism in Postwar France, 1946-1968" —
forthcoming, French Historical Studies
- "Radical Caribbeans." Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. October 2013. Paper: "Between
Errance and Essence: French Antillean Thought and the Critique of Diaspora."
- Society for French Historical Studies, Boston, MA., April 2013. Paper: "Glissant,
Rélation, and the Decolonization of Intellectual History."
- "Other Lives, Other Voices: Bonnie Smith and the Mirror of History." Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, NJ., March 2013. Paper: "A Few Provisional Notes Toward the Decolonization
of Intellectual History."
- Western Society for French History, Banff, AB., October 2012. Paper: "Studying France
d'Amérique: Eugene Revert, Michel Leiris, and the social science of the French Antilles,
- American Historical Association, Chicago, January 2012. Panel Organizer: Transnational
Activism in the Long 1960s: A Global Perspective. Paper: "Maoism in the French Caribbean:
the 1968 GONG Trial."