Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences, History (2021–23)
PhD'21 (modern European history), University of Chicago

RESEARCH INTERESTS

19th and 20th-century Europe in global perspective; France and the French Empire; race, labor, and colonial capitalism; migration and the politics of mobility; sovereignty, infrastructure, and international shipping.

DISSERTATION

In-between Empires: Steaming the Trans-Suez Highways of French Imperialism (1830-1930)

BIOGRAPHY

I am a social and cultural historian of 19th and 20th-century Europe specializing in France and the French Empire. During the 2022-23 academic year, I will be a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of History and the College. My research traces how new modes of mobility shaped European imperialism and sparked contests over the governance of globalization between states, corporations, and mobile subjects.

I am currently revising my dissertation into a book manuscript, In-between Empires: Steamship Highways of the French Indo-Pacific, 1830-1940. Based on two years of archival research in France, the U.K., and Vietnam, the project juxtaposes the everyday histories of cramped steamships against the interimperial politics of a vast maritime highway connecting Europe, Africa, and Asia via the Suez Canal. The period of the late-19th and early-20th centuries is often seen as the untroubled heyday of an imperial ‘age of steam,’ when European empires seized the pathways of global mobility and mechanized them with carbon-powered infrastructure. In-between Empires challenges this narrative by mobilizing neglected archival sources that reveal profound social struggles over the highways of empire. Asian and African sailors engaging in destabilizing labor militancy; elite, interoceanic commuters forming dangerously cosmopolitan networks in motion; and corporate agents seeking to maximize profits at the expense of imperial security: these and other mobile subjects ensured that steamship highways were not merely pipelines of imperial power, but rather contested borderlands. In the contact zones of port cities, ships, and maritime routes, colonial hierarchies of race, nation, and civilization were challenged, and everyday dilemmas exposed the limits of imperial sovereignty decades before historians have traditionally described colonialism in crisis.

PUBLICATIONS AND WRITING

Under Review: “Effervescent Seas: Asian and African Labor on the Steamship Highways of the French Indo-Pacific.”
Forthcoming: “Les Messageries Maritimes ‘au-delà de Suez’ aux débuts du XXe siècle. Luttes syndicales et souveraineté dans les interstices impériaux.” Revue d'Histoire Maritime 33, "Une mise en connexion au monde : les grandes lignes maritimes" (Nov. 2022).
Forthcoming: “Teaching Module: Connecting the French Empire.” World History Commons.
2020: "Anti-Labour Repression in the in-between spaces of Empire: The Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes and the steamship workers of the 'China Line' (1900-1920)," in Corporate Policing, Yellow Unionism, and Strikebreaking, 1890-1930: In Defence of Freedom, eds. M. Milan and A. Saluppo. (New York: Routledge, 2020), 117-133.
2018. "Neighbourhoods Afloat." Blog post, Mobile Domesticities.
2017: “Engineering Imperialism, Building Empire.” Blog post, Past & Present.
In preparation: “Warrior Tourists: Global Mobility, Intelligence, and the Remaking of the French Colonial Officer (1880-1918).”
In preparation: “A City on the Sea: Empire and Urbanity on the European Ocean Liner ‘beyond Suez,’ 1870-1930.”

AWARDS AND NEWS

—2021, Dissertation awarded Distinction
—2020, Center for International Social Sciences Research Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago
—2019, Winner of Von Holst Prize Lectureship Competition, History Department
—2019, Farrar Memorial Award, Society for French Historical Studies
—2017, Chateaubriand Doctoral Fellowship, French Embassy in the United States
—2016, Lurcy Fellowship, Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust
—History Students Awarded 47 Research Grants in 2017–18