I study the intellectual history, social history, and political economy of the modern Middle East and North Africa. Before coming to Princeton, I earned a B.A. in History and International Relations from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and an M.Phil. (Distinction) in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford.
During my undergraduate exchange year at Sciences Po Paris, I became interested in the history of French colonialism in Algeria and subsequently immersed myself in the study of Arabic in order to engage with North African and Middle Eastern primary sources.
My M.Phil. thesis on the trade unionist, religious intellectual, and women’s rights activist Tahar Haddad (1899-1935) drew on Tunisian archival materials to examine the uses to which Haddad's legacy was put by Tunisia's post-independence regimes (1956-2011).
Turning to the French protectorate in Tunisia (1881-1956), my dissertation studies the Zaytuna Mosque-University, one of the largest institutions of Muslim higher education in North Africa, as well as in the modern French empire. The dissertation uses the Zaytuna’s administrative records, colonial files from archives throughout metropolitan France, and print material from Algeria and Egypt to reinterpret the trajectories of reform (iṣlāḥ) in the 20th century.
"Tahar Haddad after Bourguiba and Bin 'Ali: A Reformist between Secularists and Islamists," International Journal of Middle East Studies 48 (2016): 47-65.
“Bourguiba et Ben Ali et la mémoire de Tahar Haddad,” روافد /Rawafid 20 (2015): 12-27.