Oualdi, M'Hamed

Full Professor of History

SciencesPo Paris, France


Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2009/2010

Ph.D. Institution

University Paris Sorbonne, France


My research interests are in Mediterranean and North African History, social mobility and slavery, relations between societies and political powers in this area. In 2008, I obtained my Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, with a thesis on Beys of Tunis’ mamluks from the 17th century to the beginnings of the 1880s. The examination committee included Leila Blili, Jane Hathaway, Bernard Heyberger, Wolfgang Kaiser, Nadine Picaudou and the supervisor Daniel Rivet.
After this work on a category of servants and white slaves in Tunis, I am shaping a more global project on the transmission of political offices and the conceptions of filiation in North Africa and the South of Europe in the 18th and the 19th century.
During my year at the EUI, I will mostly advance the conceptual framework and the European side of this project (the idea of nobility, the culture of merit, the patriarchal authority). I will also work on the publication of my thesis.
I have been teaching assistant (ATER) in modern history at the Sorbonne University and the University of Strasbourg in France. I have taught classes in French, European and Mediterranean history, mostly from the 16th century to the period of the French Revolution but also for the 19th century.
I have published several articles on slavery, literacy and the studies of households, in journals such as the Annales. Histoires et sciences sociales, the European Journal of Turkish Studies and in the proceedings of symposiums.

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