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I am Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial History.

After graduating in History (2000) at the Universit 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 Universit 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 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 History (Colonial & Postcolonial).

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.

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 Britains relations with the wider world since the seventeenth century. I am also the convenor of the Modern History Research Centre, based at the Department of History at the University of Winchester, andsince 2017 I am theProgramme Leader for the MA History.

I regularly review articles, book and funding proposals and projects (including Carnegie Trust, E.S.R.C., Bloomsbury, Pearson Education Publisher, International Journal of Postcolonial Studies).

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: I was awarded Senior Fellow status of the HEA in 2017.

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 (Forthcoming).

Fighting Back: A History of Anti-colonialism (book in preparation in collaboration with Yale University Press).

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 Bloomsbury).

Chapters and articles

''Souvenirs dAlgrie': Photography as Political and Cultural Lieux, 1850-1910', in Charles Forsdick et al. (eds), Postcolonial Realms of Memory (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming).

From Princely to Barbaric: Indian Masculinities as Colonial Landscape in Bourne and Bourne & Shepherds 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 Mller 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 Gugan (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, Kings College London, 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 Franaise Newcastle, Peter Symonds College and Ealing College.



Organisation of the Exhibition 'India through Photography: two times, two photographers Samuel Bourne (1860s) & Xavier Gugan (2002)', The Oriental Museum, University of Durham, 25 March-23 May 2010.

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