Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Stephen Pascoe

PhD in History, The University of California, Irvine (2019)

MPhil, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne (2011)

Graduate Diploma in Urban Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne (2009)

Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), Majors in History and Arabic, The University of Melbourne (2004)

Arts,Design & Architecture
Humanities & Languages

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Laureate Centre for History & Population. Trained as a historian and urban planner, my research has focused on histories of cities, infrastructure and imperialism in the Modern Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Global French Empire. I am currently revising my PhD dissertation for publication under the provisional title of Contesting Concessions: Infrastructure, Imperialism and the Struggle for Sovereignty in Syria. I was a co-editor of the 2015 volume Making Modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb, a collection of essays on the meanings of modernity in the Middle East. My work has been published in Radical History ReviewArenaAl JazeeraJadaliyya and The Conversation. My new research project, through the Laureate Centre for History and Population at UNSW, seeks to chart the history of population as an object of state-formation, policy and debate in the Middle East and North Africa across the twentieth century.



2019: Recipient of the Alan Roberts Prize awarded by the Arena Foundation for "best essay related to ecology, social life, or a politics for the future"

2013: Recipient of the University of Melbourne's John Grice Prize for Best Research Thesis in the Architecture Building and Planning Faculty