I work on the intellectual and social history of the modern Middle East and North Africa. Before coming to Princeton, I received a B.A. in History and International Relations from the University of British Columbia in 2011, and an M.Phil. (Distinction) in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford in 2013.
During my undergraduate degree, I spent an exchange year at Sciences Po Paris, where I became interested in the history of French colonialism in Algeria. Subsequently, I devoted myself to the study of Arabic in an effort to move beyond the new imperial history framework prevalent in writing on modern North Africa.
My M.Phil. thesis on the trade unionist, Islamic scholar, and women’s rights activist Tahar Haddad (1899-1935) drew on sources from Tunisian archives to examine the uses of Haddad's legacy by Tunisia's former dictatorships.
Building on the Haddad project, my dissertation studies Tunisia's Zaytuna mosque-university during the French colonial period (1881-1956). Based on research in Tunisia, France, and the United States, the dissertation uses the Zaytuna’s administrative records to reinterpret the trajectory and stakes of Islamic reform 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.