BA (Cambridge), MA & PhD (Harvard)
I was born in Johannesburg, grew up mostly in Cambridge, England, studied for my history BA there, and then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts for my PhD at Harvard, which I completed in 2020. I was the EHS Tawney Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London in 2020-21, until the start of my research fellowship at Emmanuel.
I am a historian of slavery and economic life in the French Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds in the long nineteenth century. My scholarship explores inequality in the modern era through a focus on civil rights struggles, legal deprivation and Enlightenment thought. My book manuscript in progress, “Enslaving Citizens: The Overthrow of Emancipation in the Revolutionary Atlantic,” investigates the mass enslavement of French citizens of African descent in the Caribbean in the first half of the nineteenth century. I have also begun research for my second book project on disenfranchisement in nineteenth-century France and the French colonial empire. Alongside these projects, I have written about the clandestine transatlantic slave trade after abolition, and about slavery and French Enlightenment ideas in the Indian Ocean world. I also co-convene an international research network on “Slavery and French Economic Life” through the Centre for History and Economics in Paris.