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Davis, Muriam

Assistant Professor

University of California Santa Cruz, United States

United States

Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2015/2016

Ph.D. Institution

New York University, United States


I completed my PhD under the supervision of Professor Frederick Cooper at New York University.
My dissertation, titled ‘Producing Eurafrica: Development, Agriculture and Race in Algeria, 1958-1965,’ studies late colonial development in light of decolonization and European integration. It argues that economic planning was fundamental to the national self-conceptions and economic thinking that defined the postcolonial era. This research brings together themes from critical race theory and political economy to highlight how the postwar social sciences influenced economic policy in Algeria. As a Max Weber Fellow, I look forward to transforming my dissertation into a book manuscript, and I intend to deepen my focus on the Common Agricultural Policy by drawing on the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence.
I am also interested in the history and politics of North Africa, serving as a co-editor for the Maghreb page on the e-zine Jadaliyya. I will be starting as an assistant professor in History at the University of California, Santa Cruz in September 2016.
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