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Roots of Contemporary Issues RCI

Michelle Mann

Michelle Mann’s work explores the impact of French settler colonialism on European-Muslim relations in the Western Mediterranean in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her upcoming book manuscript examines the relationship between the French cultural policy of ‘assimilation’ in colonial Algeria and the escalation of Muslim contentious politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and demonstrates that Algerian reformists played a key role in early efforts to promote equality and multicultural understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims in France. Her next project will look at the history and culture of work among North African women, focusing both on the evolving structural conditions of their labor and the role of female work in the maintenance and production of postcolonial cultural identity. In addition to her historical research, Michelle is an experienced humanities educator with a focus on the development of innovative pedagogies that bring history together with core writing skills programs, in order to provide quality humanities education to students of all majors and backgrounds.