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Dr. Elise Franklin

Dr. Franklin’s research and teaching interests include the history of France and its empire, modern Europe, gender, race, and migration. She is currently working on her book, which unravels the slow process of decolonization from Algeria between 1954 and 1981. It examines the end of French empire through the lens of French social aid associations and the Algerian migrant families they sought to help. This research reveals how decolonization dramatically shaped the contours of the postwar welfare state as it threatened to splinter under the weight of Algerian family migration and specialized social aid.

Dr. Franklin completed her Ph.D. at Boston College. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Society for French Historical Studies, and the American Historical Association. She has also held fellowships at Brandeis University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. 


“A Bridge Across the Mediterranean: Nafissa Sid Cara and the Politics of Women’s Rights during the Algerian War” (to appear in French Politics, Culture, and Society)

Recent Courses:

  • Honors World Civilizations I
  • Historical Research and Writing Seminar (Capstone Course)