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  • Owen White, Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Delaware

    Associate Professor
    Director, Graduate Program
    University of Delaware
    229 John Munroe Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    T/W 9:30-11:00


    ​Owen White specializes in the history of modern France and the French colonial empire, with particular research interests in French West Africa and Algeria. The author of a book about the mixed-race population of French West Africa and articles on a variety of aspects of French colonialism, he has also published two edited volumes: one (with J. P. Daughton) on French missionaries, the other on social organization in modern empires. He is now writing a history of wine production in French Algeria. He received his B.A. from the University of Exeter and his doctorate from the University of Oxford.



    • Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa, 1895-1960 (Oxford University Press, 1999)

    Edited Volumes

    • (with J.P. Daughton): In God’s Empire: French Missionaries and the Modern World (Oxford University Press, 2012)
    • The Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, Volume I: Social Organisation (Ashgate, 2013)

    Articles and Book Chapters

    • "Roll Out the Barrel: French and Algerian Ports and the Birth of the Wine Tanker," French Politics, Culture and Society, summer 2017
    • (with Elizabeth Heath): "The French Empire and the History of Economic Life," French Politics, Culture and Society, summer 2017
    • “Conquest and Cohabitation: French Men's Relations with West African Women in the 1890s and 1900s,” in Martin Thomas (ed.), The French Colonial Mind, volume 2: Violence, Military Encounters, and Colonialism (University of Nebraska Press, 2012)
    • "Drunken States: Temperance and French Rule in Côte d'Ivoire, 1908-1916," Journal of Social History, spring 2007
    • "Priests into Frenchmen? Breton Missionaries in Côte d'Ivoire, 1896-1918," French Colonial History, 2007
    • "Networking: Freemasons and the Colonial State in French West Africa, 1895-1914," French History, March 2005
    • "The Decivilizing Mission: Auguste Dupuis-Yakouba and French Timbuktu," French Historical Studies, summer 2004
    • "Miscegenation and the Popular Imagination," in T. Chafer and A. Sackur (eds.), Promoting the Colonial Idea: Propaganda and Visions of Empire in France (Palgrave, 2001)





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