The main focus of my research is modern Algerian and French history. I am interested in oral history, decolonisation, gender studies and state- and nation-building in Algeria and France, but also more broadly in Europe and Africa. I have carried out extensive field research in both Algeria and France since 2005, including interviewing Algerian women who participated in the War of Independence (1954-1962) about their experiences in post-colonial Algeria and their memories of the conflict, and carrying out a case study at a teacher training college in Algiers on the teaching of history and the transmission of memory. My monograph Our fighting sisters: nation, memory and gender in Algeria, 1954-2012 was published by Manchester University Press in May 2015 and was winner of the Women's History Network Annual Book Prize in 2016.
I am currently a holder of a EC H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship for a project on students, social change and state building, which means that for the academic years 2016-2019 I am on research leave. Prior to taking up this fellowship, I was Departmental Research Degrees Coordinator in the School of Languages and Area Studies and I lead on the African Studies strands of the MRes Humanities and Social Sciences. I also coordinated and taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate units covering European and African history, politics, culture and society. Within the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), I was also the leader of the Francophone Africa cluster, of which I remain a member. You can read more about our activities on our blog, http://francophone.port.ac.uk. I am also on the editorial board of Modern and Contemporary France.
- Francophone Africa
- Women's and Gender Studies