Writing Projects

Book Project

'Mandatory Development: French Colonial Empire, Global Capitalism and the Politics of the Economy after World War One'

I am currently at work on a monograph organized around several themes in the history of the French Mandate in Syria-Lebanon: the influence of World War One on the economic and social theorization of colonial rule, the role of Fordism in the establishment of the Mandate's development regime, the impact of transnational and global diaspora on the politics of colonial economic development, the role of the League of Nations as a platform for the creation of new economic and legal norms in international and imperial politics. Under contract with Cornell University Press, having passed peer review, while I complete revisions (January 2021).

Edited Special Journal Number

I recently coordinated and edited a special section titled 'The Global Middle East in the Age of Speed', for Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, which was published in May 2019. It emerged from a conference I organised at Birmingham's Institute for Advanced Studies, and reported on for Jadaliyya here.

New Research Interests