Andrew M. Daily
Assistant Professor of Modern French and Global History
Office: 105 Mitchell
Education: Ph.D., European History, Rutgers University, 2011
Fields of interest
Modern Europe; Modern France; European colonial empires; intellectual and cultural
history; 20th century global history.
My dissertation at Rutgers University, “Staying French: Martiniquans and Guadeloupeans
Between Empire and Independence, 1944-1973,” was overseen by Prof. Bonnie Smith, Prof.
Joan W. Scott, Prof. Matt Matsuda and Prof. Renée Larrier. My research explored the
end of European empire on two islands that elected to remain part of France: Martinique
and Guadeloupe. Exploring how Antillean political leaders, intellectuals, students
and activists navigated the fraught currents of a decolonizing France, I argue that
Antilleans’ efforts to locate themselves in the Caribbean, in France and in the broader
postwar world constituted an innovative and unique politico-cultural project that
looked beyond the nation to formulate new conceptions of sovereignty, identity and
belonging. I am currently at work on a book, tentatively titled “France and the Antillean
Revolution,” which argues for the importance of Antillean intellectual production
and political activism to postcolonial France.
Modern Britain; Modern France; Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History;
World Civilizations II; The World Since 1945; Philosophy of History; Modern European
Historiography; History of the Caribbean.
Recent conference presentations
- “Antillean Student Activism in Postwar Paris,” Invited Talk, “The Radical Atlantic
in the Long 1960s: New Histories,” Wellesley College, 11 April 2011.
- “Psychology, Colonialism and the Concrete: Edouard Glissant and ACOMA,” Society for
French Historical Studies, Tempe, Az., March 2010.
- “A Permanent Anti-Colonialism: Martiniquan Communists Theorize Decolonization,” French
Colonial History Society, San Francisco, Ca., May 2009.
- “Imperial Rights, Imperial Rites: the Pantheonization of Félix Eboué and Victor Schoelcher,”
Society for French Historical Studies, St. Louis, Mo., March 2009.