I am a historian of the British Empire, with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. My work explores how British and Anglo-Indian imperialisms shaped the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries.
I gained my doctorate from the Sorbonne (Paris) in June 2014. I have held visiting positions at King’s College London (2011-2012) and at Cambridge University (Trinity College, Center for South Asian Studies) in 2012-2013. I taught 19th and 20th century history at the Sorbonne and at Sciences Po Paris between 2009-2015. in 2015/2016, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, in the Department of History and Civilization. Since September 2016, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Graduate Institute In Geneva.
A revised version of my thesis was published in October 2015, with a foreword by Christopher A. Bayly, by the French academic publishing house Champ Vallon. Entitled, Genèses du Moyen-Orient. Le Golfe Persique à l’âge des impérialismes (c.1800-c.1914) [The Birth of the Middle East. The Persian Gulf in the age of imperialism (c.1800-c.1914)], my book stands as a contribution to the understanding of British imperial history in the long 19th century in the Persian Gulf and in South Asia. My book argues that the “Middle East”, centred on the Persian Gulf was empirically invented not in Europe but in British India.
My postdoctoral project explores the development of British “oil imperialism” in South-West Persia and in the Gulf at the beginning of the 20th century. This project seeks to demonstrate that British oil policies stood as new forms of colonial violence. I also intend to draw comparisons between British, French and American oil imperialisms in the Middle East in the first half of the 20th century. I am currently concentrating my research in the environmental and social consequences of British oil imperialism on the Bakhtiari tribe who lived in the Zagros Mountains in Persia.
My broader research interests include British imperial History, Middle East History, South Asian History, History of the Indian Ocean, British political and economic History
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