I am a researcher in migration history. My research at Oxford focuses on asylum procedures at European airports in the 1980s.
My research interests lie in the modern history of migration and refuge. I focus primarily on sociocultural identification dynamics and migrants' agency in norm-production, as well as issues around housing, gender, age, and climate change.
After serving for five years as a senior judge in the administrative branch of the French judiciary, specializing in immigration and asylum cases, I completed in 2019 a PhD in migration history at the University of Cambridge, where I was a Gates scholar. My dissertation consisted in a microhistory of migrants through the vantage point of one Paris tenement building over fifty years (1882-1932). Its revised version was published in 2022 in Routledge's Microhistories series under the title Neighbours of Passage and is now under contract for publication in French with Éditions La Découverte. My current research project on asylum has been supported by a Global Fung Fellowship from Princeton University and a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at Oxford, where I am also a William Golding Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College.
In addition, I am an associate researcher at the Centre d’histoire sociale des mondes contemporains, a joint University of Paris 1/CNRS research unit, where I am the principal investigator of a "Climate and Migration" project funded by the Institut Convergences Migrations. Before that, I co-curated an exhibition entitled La Vie HLM : histoires d'habitant·e·s de logements populaires held in Aubervilliers, France, from October 2021 to June 2022. See amulop.org and laviehlm-expo.com for more details.
Lastly, I am a fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute, a Berlin-based think tank, and a member of the European Research network COST “Women on the Move,” with the support of which I am currently working on an interview-based documentary film.