Elie Wiesel Professor of Humane Letters
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711
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Adam M. Guerin
Assistant Professor of History
Office: FT 239
Ph.D., the University of California, Irvine (2009): Dissertation, "'Beneath the Muslim Peel': racial science, French native policy, and the question of nationalism in colonial Morocco, 1900-1939"
M.A., the University of California, Irvine (2005)
B.A., the University of Idaho (2002)
My research interests span a wide range of social, political and environmental topics within the field of French colonial history. My earliest research agenda focused on colonial law and the racial myths that underwrote French judicial reforms in Morocco between 1912 and 1939. I am primarily interested in how refashioned ethno-spatial-legal boundaries in the colonies reflected shifting ontologies of French self-awareness and understandings of the overseas world. In this way my research allows me to analyze European notions of nationalism, modernity, Islam and industrial capitalism and to investigate how these ideas, which played out in the realm of legal reform, affected day to day life in the colonies. More recently, I have become increasingly concerned with the role of the environment in colonial ideologies as well as in anti-colonial movements of revolt. I am currently working on a book manuscript that will bring together my interests in nationalism, the environment and anti-colonial revolt in Morocco. The idea that the environment was at issue between colonial enthusiasts and anti-colonial activists has only recently been given serious consideration and I hope that my book will contribute to an emerging sub-field of French colonial/North African scholarship.
The European Experience; Twentieth-Century World; Colonial Encounters in French North Africa; Commodities and the Environment; War and Society in French-Algerian Film; The French Revolution
Future Courses (stay tuned)
Urban and Rural Ecologies of North Africa; Mediterranean France, 1830 to 1962; Empire and Immigration: French North Africa/North African France
"Racial Myth, Colonial Policy, and the Invention of Customary Law in Morocco, 1912-1930," The Journal of North African Studies 16, 3 (2011): 361-380.
"Pas un gout d'eau pour les colons: reimagining environmental protest and anti-colonial nationalism in Morocco," International Journal of Middle East Studies (under review).
Rami Ginat, "Syria and the Doctrine of Arab Neutralism: from independence to dependence," in Insight Turkey 13, 3 (2011): 226.
James Barr,"A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948," H-France Review 12, 111 (August 2012).