I am a historian of modern Europe, with a focus on France and the French Empire. In my research, I examine the intersection between imperial expansion, religion, diplomacy, and the history of ideas. More broadly, I am interested in studying modern European history from a global perspective. My book manuscript, “The Civilizing Sea: The Ideological Origins of the French Mediterranean Empire, 1789-1870,” examines the intellectual, diplomatic, political, and legal history of French military expansion in Egypt, Italy, Spain, and Algeria between the 1789 Revolution and the beginning of the Third Republic in 1870. Relying on archival sources in local languages, this project represents the first comprehensive study of interactions between French military officers and indigenous populations around the Mediterranean, and it seeks to address a central question: to what extent did the legal, political, and theological debates that arose out of these interactions frame the emergence and durability of the French Mediterranean Empire?
I teach courses on modern world history, modern France, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as historical methods and historiography.
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016
Telephone: (931) 221-7920
- HIST 2320: Modern World History
- HIST 3000: Historical Methods
- HIST 3350: Modern Europe, 1789 to 1919
- HIST 3375: Revolution & Napoleonic Europe
- Modern Western Europe
- French Empire
- Intellectual History