My thesis, entitled ‘Mobilising Memory: The Great War and the Language of Politics in Colonial Algeria, 1918-1939’, seeks to bridge the gap between the fields of colonial history and the history of the Great War. It considers how actors of all ethnic, religious, social and political backgrounds evoked their contribution to the war effort to enhance the legitimacy of their claims. It points to the existence of a common political language, anchored in the Great War, that transcended the many boundaries that defined colonial Algeria. It also underlines the multiple competing visions that sought to reimagine the French Empire in the wake of the Great War in ways that often had little to do with Wilsonian self-determination.
My wider research interests include: The Legacies of the Great War in the Empires, the History of Veterans, the History of the Maghreb, Islam and France, and the Extreme-Right in France. I previously worked on Spanish History, focusing on the Intellectual History of the Basque Nationalist Armed Group ETA.
I have written and published on the topics of postwar colonial reform in Algeria and provision for war orphans across the French Empire:
‘Pupilles de l’Empire: Debating the Provision for Child Victims of the Great War in the French Empire’, French Historical Studies, Vol.39, No.2, (2016, April), 315-345.
‘Defining Imperial Citizenship in the Shadow of the Great War: Equality and Difference in the Debates around Post-war Colonial Reform in Algeria’, in Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War I, (eds.) Gearóid Barry, Enrico Del Lago and Róisín Healy (Brill, Leiden, 2016).