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. Since then, however, I have engaged mainly with the fields of Islamic studies, Middle East studies, and Middle East history, including Ottoman history.
My M.Phil. thesis on the modernist 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 the 20th-century history of Tunisia's Zaytuna mosque-university, with a focus on student politics, transnational links with Algeria and Egypt, and urban transformations.
"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.