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Status: PhD Candidate

Adviser: Lloyd Kramer

Graduate Email: skmiles@live.unc.edu

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Education

BA University of Oklahoma
MA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MA Thesis: "Freedom 'en français': The Revolutionary Intellectual and Publication Networks in Quebec, France, and Algeria, 1963-1968”

Research Interests

I study the twentieth-century francophone world, focusing on the role of intellectuals, identity construction, and the left, with particular attention to how these were shaped by transnational exchange. My dissertation examines publication networks and the question of postcolonial commensurability among radical leftists in France, Quebec and Algeria between 1962 and 1981.

More broadly, I am interested in intellectual history, nationhood and identity, and the radical left in the francophone world, from France to Africa and the Caribbean in the late twentieth century.

Some Notable Publications

  • “Selling Revolution: Advertisements, Marketing, and Network-Building amongst the Radical Left Press in 1970s France,” French Politics, Culture, and Society (Accepted, Forthcoming).
  • “To Cross the Ocean: René Depestre, anticolonial writing, and global francophone radicalism,” Journal of Caribbean History 51, no. 1 (Summer 2020): 55-81.
  • Recent Public Engagements

  • Co-Convener with Dr. Jessica Pearson (Macalester College), Reading, Writing, and Researching the French Empire (2020-present)
  • “Violence, Memory, and the October Crisis,” UNC Digital History Lab, The Lens Podcast (Episode 9)."
  • “The Merchant of Revolution,” The French History Podcast Guest Episode, September 28, 2019.
  • Courses Offered

  • HIST 140: The World Since 1945
  • HIST 130: Modern Africa
  • HIST 203: Culture and Empire in the Modern World
  • HIST 207: The Global Cold War
  • HIST 278: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade