I study the postcolonial origins of our collective present in world affairs. My first book, Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization, and the Third World Order (Oxford University Press, 2016), showed how South-South exchanges of methodologies of revolution built our state-centric world order. The American Historical Association awarded it the Bentley Prize for the year’s outstanding work in global or world-scale history, and it also received honorable mention for both the African Studies Association’s Herskovits Prize and the American Institute of Maghrib Studies’ Brown Prize for the year’s best book concerning those regions. I discuss the book and the research behind it in this interview for the Toynbee Prize Foundation.
My scholarship has also been published in numerous collected volumes and academic journals, such as The International History Review, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Diplomatic History. I have also discussed the historical context of contemporary affairs with various national and international news organisations, including BBC World, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and France Inter, among others.
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