I study the postcolonial prehistory of our collective global present. My current research project, “The Venture of Africa: Organisations of Unity and Disunity in a Continent of Diplomacy”, explores the contested institutionalisation of ideological geographies in greater Africa and the greater Arab world. Previously, my first book, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order (Oxford University Press, 2016), showed how South-South exchanges, including the transference of methodologies of revolution, built our state-centric world order. The American Historical Association awarded it Bentley Prize for the year’s outstanding work in global or world-scale history, and it also received honorable mention for the African Studies Association's Herskovits Prize and the American Institute of Maghrib Studies' L. Carl Brown Prize for the year’s best book on those two regions. Other recent publications include an essay for the debut issue of the new Rivista Italiana di Storia Internazionale, “Reflecting on the Global Turn in International History, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Historian of Nowhere”, and “Revolutionary Transatlanticism: Cuban-Algerian relations and the multiplicity of Third World globalism” in The Third World Revolution: The Global South in the Era of Secular Radicalism, edited by Mark A. Lawrence and R. Joseph Parrott (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). My scholarship has elsewhere been published in numerous collected volumes and academic journals, including The International History Review, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Diplomatic History.
I joined the history department at UBC as assistant professor in 2009. I received a BA in History from Yale University in 1999 and a PhD in History from the London School of Economics in 2011. Additionally, in 2011-12, I held the position of Chauncey Fellow in International Security Studies at Yale University.
In 2018W, the topic for HIST 402G, 201 will be Post-colonial international history. This course explores the history of international relations in the postcolonial world, or the Third World, following the end of European empires in the mid twentieth century. Topics include the Bandung Asian-African movement, the non-Aligned movement, Pan-Africanism, Pan-Arabism, economic development and global economic relations, national liberation movements, border contestations, and the role of the UN.
This course examines the history of revolutionary movements and Islamic revolutions and insurgencies in the “Third World” (such as Algeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Palestine, Vietnam). Topics include the causes of revolution, revolutionary strategy, political violence, anti-colonial nationalism, the diplomacy of insurgencies, the influence of Marxism in the developing world, and Islamic revolutions and insurgencies.
International relations in the Middle East in the aftermath of the Ottoman Empire, with special attention to the conflicts between Jews of Palestine/Israel and their Arab neighbours.
B.A. Yale University 1999
Ph.D. London School of Economics and Political Science, 2011
Assistant Professor, Department of History, UBC, 2009 to date
Brady-Johnson Postdoctoral Associate, International Security Studies at Yale University, 2011-2012