I am Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial History.
After graduating in History (2000) at the Université de Nice (France), I moved to the North East of England to do an M.A. in Modern History (2001) within the frame of an Erasmus exchange programme between the Université de Nice and the University of Northumbria. I then taught at Ashington High School for several years while doing a PhD in Visual Culture and Colonial History at the University of Northumbria, which was completed in 2009. Between 2005 and 2013 I held a position as a teaching fellow and then lecturer in Colonial and European History at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Newcastle University. I joined the Department of History at the University of Winchester in January 2014, as Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial History.
I research, publish and lecture on South Asian history under British colonial rule and North African history under French colonial rule, including imperial culture and ideologies, as well as on violence and anti-colonial resistance. I also have expertise on the correlation between photography and history.
Since 2017 I am the Programme Leader for the MA History.
I am on the editorial team (Book Review Editor) of Britain and the World, an academic journal published by Edinburgh University Press, which focusses on Britain’s relations with the wider world since the seventeenth century.
Between 2015 and 2019, I was the Director of the Modern History Research Centre, based at the Department of History at the University of Winchester.
I regularly assess and review articles, book and funding proposals and projects (including for the Carnegie Trust, E.S.R.C., Bloomsbury, Palgrave Macmillan, Pearson Education Publisher, and for academic journals such as the International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, International Relations, and the Journal of Perpetrator Research).
Higher Education Teaching Qualification: I was awarded Senior Fellow status of the HEA in 2017.
Since 2018, I am the External Examiner for the MA History at the University of Plymouth.
Areas of expertise
- Modern Colonial World (nineteenth and twentieth centuries)
- British Empire British India
- French Colonial Empire French Algeria
- Global connections and ideas within the colonial and post-colonial world
- Cultural Colonial History
- Political and Social Colonial and Anti-colonial History
- History of Photography
- Travelling and Migration
- Postcolonial theory
The Imperial Aesthetic: Photography, Samuel Bourne and the Indian Peoples in the post-Mutiny era (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).
The British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 1, Travellers and Tourists (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); co-edited with Martin Farr.
The British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 2, Experiencing Imperialism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); co-edited with Martin Farr.
An Entangled History, France and the Maghreb: A Sourcebook (in preparation with a book proposal to Routledge).
Chapters and articles
‘Using Scrapbooks in Historical Research: the case of the Institute of Race Relations, 1947’, in Research Methods for Primary Sources (Adam Matthew Digital, 2021), forthcoming.
'Colonial Photography', in Charles Forsdick et al. (eds), Postcolonial Realms of Memory (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020), 360-370.
'Post-Colonial Branding and Self-Branding in a Destination Marketing Strategy' (co-written with Hugues Seraphin), in Hugues Seraphin, Maximiliano Korstanje and Vanessa Gb Gowreesunkar (eds.), Post-Disaster and Post-Conflict Tourism: Toward a New Management Approach (Abingdon: Apple Academic Press, 2020), 83-106.
'The Mysterious Cities of Gold: An educational adventure through colonial, transnational and postcolonial history and fiction', Postcolonial Studies Association Newsletter: Postcolonialism and Visual Culture, 23. (2019): 7-9.
'How to approach family photographs of empires and our ancestors’ history', Real History Magazine: For things you might not hear in school, 1, (2019): 38-39.
‘From Princely to Barbaric: Indian Masculinities as Colonial Landscape in Bourne and Bourne & Shepherd’s Photographs’, in Marcus Banks and Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes (eds), Visual Histories of South Asia (Delhi: Primus Books of Ratna Sagar, 2018), 143-170.
'Q&A: 'The impact of British rule', History Revealed, 48, (Nov. 2017): 33.
'Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth: Embodying the Anti-colonial Action', in Rachel Hammersley (ed.), Revolutionary Moments, in J. C. Davis and John Morrow (general editors) Textual Moments in the History of Political Thought (London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2015), 167-174.
'Transmissible Sites: Monuments, memorials and their visibility on the metropole and periphery', in Frank Müller and Dominik Geppert (eds), Sites of Imperial Memory: Commemorating colonial rule in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015), 21-38.
'Against "the Usual Restraints Imposed upon their Sex": Conflictive Gender Representations in Nineteenth-Century Orients', in Martin Farr and Xavier Guégan (eds), The British Abroad since the Eighteenth Century, Volume 2, Experiencing Imperialism (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 93-115.
'Visualising racial alienation: Duality and symbols in Bourne's India', Visual Culture of British India, in Visual Culture in Britain, Special issue, 12:3, (Nov. 2011): 349-365.
'Less Smoke and Noise', Journal of the Royal Photographic Society, 150:1, (Feb. 2010): 38-41.
I have organised conferences and workshops, and I regularly attend and give papers at conferences and research seminars. These include the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, King’s College London, Charles University (Prague), Newcastle, Northumbria, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Sunderland, York, St Andrews, Austin (Texas), Minnesota, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Harlaxton College, Chichester, ANOM (Aix-en-Provence), Exeter, and Winchester; and public lectures at the Alliance Française Newcastle, Peter Symonds College and Ealing College.
Organisation of the Exhibition 'India through Photography: two times, two photographers Samuel Bourne (1860s) & Xavier Guégan (2002)', The Oriental Museum, University of Durham, 25 March-23 May 2010.
Organisation in the frame of the partnership between the Modern History Research Centre and the Winchester Discovery Centre:
- LGBT+ History Exhibition (2017 & 2018)
- People on the Move: A History of Modern Migration (2018)
- Transitions, Resistance and Dissent (2019)