Research Areas

Modern Europe; Modern Algeria; Gender; Colonialism; Migration Studies 


Ph.D., Boston College 

M.A., Boston College 

B.A., Barnard College 


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Elise Franklin

Elise Franklin

Elise Franklin

Elise Franklin will receive her PhD in History from Boston College in 2016. Her research focuses on the process of decolonization between France and Algeria. She draws on gender analysis and social and intellectual historical methods to analyze the trajectory of state and para-state officials as well as their clients during the collapse of French colonialism, and later, the collapse of the immigration between the two nations. She received her bachelor of arts in French language and literature from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2009 and a master’s in history from Boston College in 2013. She was a Boston College Presidential Scholar (2010–2015) as well as an international fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France (2013–2014), where she conducted archival and oral historical research for her dissertation. For the 2015–2016 academic year, she received a university writing fellowship from Boston College. Her research has also been funded by the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy, the Society for French Historical Studies, the American Historical Association, and the Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development Fellow program.

Current Projects

My project explores the social and cultural aftershocks of the end of French empire in Algeria as they reverberated throughout the former colony and the metropole long after independence in 1962. I uncover the slow unraveling of the Franco-Algerian relationship through the lens of French social aid associations and the Algerian families they sought to help. 

Representative Publications

“‘A Bridge Across the Mediterranean’: Marriage Reform, Civil Society, and the Gendered Politics of Decolonization during the Algerian War” [article in progress]. 

J.P. Daughton and Owen White, eds., In God’s Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), Reviewed in “H-Empire” (January 2014).