Research

algiers_casbahMy present research looks at the ways that successive French republics were shaped by the experience of building and maintaining a colonial empire, and the consequences of this imperial past for contemporary French society.

In the past few years, I have also been following the evolution of debates about the colonial past in contemporary France.  I’ve written a series of articles exploring public debates about state violence and torture during the colonial period, as well as disputed perceptions of unrest in France’s troubled suburbs in recent years.  Click on the link “Selected Publications” above to see copies of some of these articles.