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Curriculum vitae

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Helsinki’s Department of Cultures, where I have been working on the French-Algerian axis of Josephine Hoegaerts' ERC-funded CALLIOPE project (“Vocal Articulations of Parliamentary Identity and Empire”). Trained as a historian of Political Culture & National Identities in the Low Countries (MA, Leiden University) and modern French political history (PhD, University of Antwerp), I have a broad interest in Western European parliamentary culture and colonial history, intersectional identities, narratives of inclusion and exclusion, and thus of (incomplete) democracy, representation, and citizenship in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now that my first monograph (Ordinary Citizens and the French Third Republic) is available with Palgrave Macmillan, I am moving my newest research towards the methodological crossroads between History from Below and Global (Micro)history, in pursuit of a better understanding of France’s (Third and Fourth Republican) dynamics of empire. The tensions resulting from France’s paradoxes of citizenship and its republican "universalist" master narrative still resonate to this day.

(Find my full CV here.)

Research interests

Western European political culture between microhistory and global history (19th-20th centuries); parliamentary culture(s); formal and informal political communication and interactions; history of democracy, representation and citizenship; political concepts and conceptual history; modern French history; French imperial and colonial history; women's and gender studies; history of petitions; political discourse and subaltern political knowledge; resistance from below and from within institutional frameworks

Education/Academic qualification

History, PhD, University of Antwerp

Award Date: 14 Feb 2019

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Political History
  • Political Culture
  • Colonial History
  • French-Algerian History and Culture
  • History from Below
  • History of Petitions
  • French Imperial History
  • Political Communication
  • Parliamentary History
  • Political Identities
  • History of Democracy
  • Conceptual History

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.