Presented in partnership with NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
Megan Brown is Assistant Professor of History at Swarthmore College. She is a historian of Modern Europe with a focus on 20th-century France, European integration, and empire. Her teaching and research interests include post-World War II politics, decolonization, the history of France and Algeria, and questions of citizenship.
The Seventh Member State: Algeria, France, and the European Community (Harvard University Press, 2022), interrogates the role of empire in the formation of integrated post-1945 European institutions (European Coal and Steel Community; European Economic Community; and more). This project examines how and why current notions of “Europe” and European identity emerged and what other possible forms of integration were debated and planned following World War II, particularly as France’s empire began to shrink.