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Arthur Asseraf

Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS.
Associate Professor of History, University of Cambridge

Arthur Asseraf studied history at the University of Cambridge, at Columbia University, New York,
and at the London School of Economics. Between 2012 and 2016, he underwent doctoral education
at the University of Oxford, while also serving as an Examination Fellow at All Souls College. In
2017, he took up a post as Associate Professor of the History of France and the Francophone World
at the University of Cambridge, and since 2020 he has been a Fellow of Pembroke College.

His research interests lie in the history of information, media, and race, particularly in 19th and 20th
century France, North Africa and the Mediterranean area. His first monograph, Electric News in Colo-
nial Algeria,
was published by Oxford University Press in 2019 and won the Middle East Studies Book
Prize from the British-Kuwait Friendship Society. His second book, Le désinformateur: sur les traces
de Messaoud Djebari
, came out with Fayard in 2022, and he is one of the coordinators of the collective
work Colonisations: Notre Histoire, out with Seuil in 2023. His articles have appeared in English and
French in Past and Present, French Historical Studies, Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine and
Monde(s), as well as in a range of non-academic online and print publications. 

As a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, Asseraf will be working on a project entitled ‘From Race to Rumour’
which examines how racial categories shift when the state denies that race exists, by looking at the inter-
section of social science, media, and rumour in late 20th century France.

Arthur Asseraf is in residence at the Collegium in the academic year 2023-24.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2023-24.