PhD in History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, 2002

BA in History, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 1993


Associate Professor, Department of History, Simon Fraser University, 2009-present

Assistant Professor, Department of history, Simon Fraser University, 2002-2009

Instructor, Department of History, Simon Fraser University, 2001-2002


Scholarly Digitization Fund Grant, “Seconde Guerre Mondiale,” 2019

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Travel Grant, 2015

Cormack Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, SFU, 2014

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, Small Research Grant, 2013-2015

Teaching & Learning Development Grant, Institute for the Study of Teaching & Learning in the Disciplines, SFU, 2012-2013


“Radiation Affects: Three Novels about French Nuclear Imperialism in Algeria” for Fiction and Film for Scholars of France, 11.2 (January 2021).

“Zoom Can’t Kill the Radio Stars” for French History Network blog (June 23, 2020

How to build a scholarly community without leaving your apartment!” Journal of the History of Ideas blog (January 2020).

“Feel the Fear and Teach the Revolution Anyway: Notes from a Historian of Post-1945 France,” Age of Revolutions, August 5, 2019.

‘“No Hiroshima in Africa”: The Algerian War and the Question of French Nuclear Testing in the Sahara,”’ History of the Present, 9.1 (Spring 2019): 84-112

“On What Is Wrong with White Mice: Peter Watkins’s Fällan (1975) in Future Revolutions: New Perspectives on Peter Watkins, edited by Wolf Kino (Berlin: Pogobooks Verlag, 2018), 92-99.

‘“Avec l’amour au poing”: Elie Wajeman’s Les Anarchistes (2015),’ Fiction and Film for Scholars of France, 7. 4 (March 2017).

“Cite Specific: Analyzing Endnotes to Teach Historical Methods,” Perspectives on History: The Newsletter of the American Historical Association (December 2016).

“Malle e/on mai: Louis Malle’s Takes on May 68” in May 68: Rethinking France’s Last Revolution, edited by Julian Jackson, Anne-Louise Milne and James Williams (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 325-339.

Future Tense: The Culture of Anticipation in France Between the World Wars (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009).

“Fortress France: Protecting the Nation and Its Bodies,” in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, 33.3 (October 2007): 475-504

“If the Revolution Had Been Televised: The Productive Anachronisms of Peter Watkins’s La Commune (Paris, 1871),” Rethinking History, 10.4 (2006): 553-571.

“Graphology and the Science of Individual Identity in Modern France,” in Configurations, 4.1 (1996): 1-31.

“Reconstructions: Prosthetics and the Rehabilitation of the Male Body in World War I France,” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 7.3 (1995): 109-140.


“The Commune in Full Play: Three 1871s for the Twenty-First Century,” in Phantasms of the Red Republic: The Paris Commune in Popular Culture, eds. Eric D. Smith and Phillip E. Wegner (under contract with Brill; publication expected 2022).

The “French Bomb” in Culture and Empire, 1945-1962 (book manuscript)

“The Atomic Republic: France as a Nuclear Weapons Power, 1958 to the Present,” for The Handbook of French History (under contract with Routledge; publication expected 2021).

Au service de la France: Nostalgia, Humor, Postwar Reenactment on Contemporary French Television” (article manuscript)

“Regarding the Pain of Algerians: French Nuclear Photography, Atrocity, and Memory in Algeria, 1960-66” (article manuscript)


Roundtable participant, “Teaching French History in a Global Frame,” Society for French Historical Studies, Auckland, NZ (July 2020).

Moderator and roundtable participant, “The Rainbow Warrior Bombing 35 Years Later,” Society for French Historical Studies, Auckland, NZ (July 2020).

Moderator and organizer, SFU HISTORY READS: Maria Campbell’s Halfbreed (2019 ed.) with Mary-Ellen Kelm, Deanna Reder, and Alix Shield, Vancouver, BC (March 2020).

“Motherhood and the Necessity of Invention, or How to Be a French Historian Sans France,” Canadian Historical Association, Vancouver, BC (June 2019)

‘“You’re glorifying the bomb”: Culture, History, Ethics,’ “Future of Nuclear Studies” workshop, Green College, University of British Columbia (June 2019)

“Regarding the Pain of Algerians: Photography, Memory, and French Nuclear Imperialism, 1960-1966,” Invited Talk, Department of History, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (April 2019).

“French Atomic Bomb, 1959-60: A Nuclear Cultural History,” Invited Talk, Department of History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (April 2019).

Roundtable Presenter, “Using Digital Tools to do Public History,” Society for French Historical Studies, Indianapolis, IN (April 2019).

Club Atomique: Admission, Exclusion, and the “French Bomb” of 1960,’ Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL (January 2019).

“Image, Music, Test: Audio-visualizing French Nuclear Experiments in Empire, 1960-66,” French Colonial Historical Society, Seattle, WA (June 2018).

Test Photograph: Seeing Nuclear Atrocity in Algeria, 1960-66,” Invited Talk, Department of History, University of British Columbia (March 2018).

“Bodies of Evidence: Imaging French Nuclear Testing in the Sahara, 1960-1966,” Society for French Historical Studies, Pittsburgh, PA (March 2018).

Roundtable Organizer and Presenter, “French Historians in the Here and Now: Engaging the Contemporary in and beyond Our Classrooms,” Western Society for French History, Reno, NV (November 2017).

“On Past-Present Thinking,” Invited Keynote Speaker, British Columbia Social Studies Teachers’ Association Conference, Vancouver (October 2017).

Au service de la France: Nostalgia & the “Events” of 1960 on Contemporary French TV,’ Society for French Historical Studies, Washington, DC (April 2017).

“Everyone Hates Marineland: A History Of French Fascisms, 1789-2017,” Spectres of Fascism Free School, Institute for the Humanities, SFU (April 2017).


Podcast Host, New Books in French Studies

Governing Council Member, Western Society for French History

Editorial Board, Fiction & Film for Scholars of France

Member, Society for French Historical Studies

Board of Directors, UNIT/PITT Society for Art & Critical Awareness