• 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


  • “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), French Fiction and Film for Historians, 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.


  • “How to build a scholarly community without leaving your own home!” Journal of the History of Ideas Blog (forthcoming, January 2020).
  • “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 2021).
  • Club Atomique: The French Bomb in Culture and Empire, 1945-1966 (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 & the “Events” of 1960 on Contemporary French Television” (article manuscript)
  • “Regarding the Pain of Algerians: French Nuclear Photography, Atrocity, and Memory in Algeria, 1960-66” (article manuscript)


  • “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