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Dr Joanna Warson

  • Qualifications: PhD in Languages and Area Studies (University of Portsmouth), MSc in the History of Empires (London School of Economics and Political Science) - Distinction, PGCert in Higher Education (Associate Level) (London School of Economics and Political Science), PGDip in Social Research Methods (University of Portsmouth) - Distinction, BA (Hons) in History (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Role Title: Research Fellow
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6140
  • Email: joanna.warson@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I completed my PhD thesis, entitled ‘France in Rhodesia: French policy and perceptions throughout the era of decolonisation’, in 2013. My doctoral research challenged the discourse of exceptionality frequently associated with Franco-African relations, particularly in the late colonial period, by charting a French presence in a British colony from 1947 onwards. It also argued that it is necessary to look beyond national and colonial borders in order to fully comprehend the process of decolonisation on the African continent.

As part of my post-doctoral research fellowship in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, I am currently researching French involvement in Nigeria and Ghana (1945-1972), with a view to preparing a proposal for a monograph that will analyse France’s presence across Anglophone Africa throughout the post-war period.

Teaching Responsibilities

Lecturer on the following units:

  • U20337 The Making of Modern Europe (L4)
  • U23902 Guns, glory hunters and greed: European colonisation in Africa (L5)
  • U23901 France and Africa: Decolonisation and post colonial relations (L6)
  • U22287 France and Africa: from the colonial to the contemporary era (MA) 

Research & Publications

Research Clusters

  • Francophone Studies

Discipline Areas

  • History
  • Area Studies
  • International Relations 

My current research project is entitled ‘Franco-African relations beyond the Francophone fold: France, British West Africa and the creation of independent Nigeria and Ghana’.


Research profile

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