Acknowledgements

 

  • I am a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department, and I am pursuing a secondary field in the studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. As a social and cultural historian of North Africa and the French Empire, I study transregional slave trades in Tunis in the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

  • Although I commune with archival documents in my dissertation research, I am not blind to the processes of “capital-H” history and power that influence both the making of national archives as well as the politics of access. My commitment to undoing racist, neoliberal, militarized, and colonial structures in academia mean that I as a white American researcher have a shared responsibility to produce scholarship that actively rejects the Orientalist legacy still haunting the institutional fields of Middle East and (North) African history.