Research Interests: Modern France and Europe, Global history, Atlantic and Caribbean history, Intellectual and cultural history, historical theory
My current book project, After Négritude: The Cultural Politics of Place in Postcolonial France and the Caribbean, draws on research conducted in France and the Caribbean to rethink histories of decolonization as well the cultural and intellectual history of modern Europe. Through a close study of how French Antilleans negotiated their political and cultural identity in postwar France, my project shows how decolonization profoundly transformed ideas of nation, culture, citizenship, and the self, even when, in the case of Martinique and Guadeloupe, it did not lead to national sovereignty. Their writings, grounded in European traditions and debates yet reflective of the particularities of Antillean life, resonated far beyond the Caribbean, transforming intellectual life and capturing a global audience that ranged from black power activists in inner city America to philosophers on Paris' Left Bank.
I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of modern Europe, the European colonial empires, the Caribbean, global and world history, cultural and intellectual history, and the theory and practice of history.
Philosophy and Theory of History
History of the Caribbean
Modern European Historiography
History of Modern France
History of Modern Britain
The World since 1945
From Colonialism to Globalism
World Civilizations II
Ph.D., European History, Rutgers University, 2011
"Race, Citizenship, and Antillean Student Activism in Postwar France, 1946-1968" — forthcoming, French Historical Studies