Princeton University’s Board of Trustees has approved the promotion of Assistant Professor M’hamed Oualdi to Associate Professor with tenure, effective July 1, 2019. Oualdi, who has been at Princeton since 2013, is a historian of North Africa whose research has centered on two main topics: slavery and its social impacts on Ottoman Tunisia and the many effects of transitioning from the Ottoman rule to a French colonial domination in North African societies. His first book, Esclaves et maîtres. Les mamelouks au service des beys de Tunis du XVIIe siècle aux années 1880 (Publications de la Sorbonne, 2011), is a study of a specific group of slaves and servants, the mamluks, who served the governors of the Ottoman province of Tunis from the 1630s until the 1880s. His second book A Slave between Empires: The Ottoman Legacy in Colonial North Africa (1860s–1930s) (working title) is centered around a case study: the life a former slave and Ottoman dignitary and the many conflicts over his inheritance from the 1880s to 1920. Building on this case study, it is the first book-length historical study to argue for a complete reinterpretation of the modern period and colonialism in North Africa. Oualdi teaches courses about colonial and postcolonial North Africa, Human Trafficking in the MENA, and Muslims in Modern France.
Oualdi Promoted to Associate Professor
May 2, 2019