Licence, Université Lyon III-Jean Moulin; MA Université Lyon III and Université de Montréal; Ph.D. Histoire et Civilisations, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).
I research and teach the global history of empires. I am interested in the political and legal history of colonisation; the imperial experiences of colonised peoples; and the dynamics of cross-cultural encounters -- these are all issues that have an impact upon contemporary problems. My current research reassesses the legal and political worlds in which European and non-European societies interacted and challenges recent evaluations of the history of international law. I am examining, more particularly, the ways in which diplomatic negotiations between European and non-European polities were a matrix for a hybrid law of nations.
I will be Visiting Professor at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge in Lent 2023.
From 1 February 2023 to 31 January 2027, I will be British Academy Global Professor at the University of Oxford.
Open access publications
'What is a colonial treaty? Questioning the visible and the invisible in European and non-European legal negotiations', Comparative Legal History, 2022, https://www.tandfonline.com/share/6QKSKYQWIQNT7IXUAEAA?target=10.1080/2049677X.2022.2131525
‘Commemorating French Colonialism in Australia: On the Lapérouse Monument in Sydney’, History Australia, 2020.
'Emancipation within Empire: An Algerian Alternative during the Decolonisation Era’, History Workshop Journal, 2019.
'Greatness and Decadence in French America', Renaissance Studies, 2012.
‘Assimilation and Racialism in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century French Colonial Policy’, The American Historical Review, 2005.
‘Être français en Nouvelle-France: Identité française et identité coloniale aux dix- septième et dix-huitième siècles’ (trans. Being French in New France: French Identity and Colonial Identity in the 17th and 18th century), French Historical Studies, 2004.
Member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts (2019-2021)
Member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) College of Expert Reviewers (2019-2021)
External Reviewer for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Assessor for the European Research Council
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