I study France and its colonial empire in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
I work on the discourse and politics of economic development in the French League of Nations Mandate in Syria and Lebanon, on the history of Fordism in the post-Ottoman Middle East, and on the global history of colonial commodities and natural resources.
I have designed and taught numerous classes at the University of Birmingham, Sciences-Po, the Sorbonne, and the European University Institute, focused on French colonial history, modern France, the Middle East, historical social theory and world history.
I am an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Birmingham, where I also direct the Centre for Modern & Contemporary History. In 2014-17 I will hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. I earned a B.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in History from NYU. I have also held Max Weber and Jean Monnet Post-Doctoral Fellowships in History at the European University Institute in Florence.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Modern French and comparative colonial history; the Modern Middle East and the French Mandate in Syria and Lebanon; the Cultural History of Political Economy; the Environmental History of the Colonial Mediterranean; Modern European and French political, social and intellectual history; Arab-American Diaspora; the Global History of International Development and International Institutions.
History, Politics, Culture.
Simon Jackson Research Focus
Published: Jul 20, 2018
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