The purpose of the AIMS GSA is to promote dialog among graduate students who are interested in or working on studies related to northern Africa, defined broadly as Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. Members come from nearly every discipline imaginable: from anthropology to art history, from bioclimatology to political science, and from history to economics.
Danielle Beaujon is a PhD Candidate in History and French Studies at New York University. Her research interests focus on questions of power, migration, and race in the French Empire, with a particular focus on colonial Algeria. Danielle holds a BA from Vanderbilt University with dual degrees in French and European Studies and Honors History. Her dissertation research interrogates the quotidian relationship of the police and Algerians in two Mediterranean port cities, Marseille and Algiers, during the politically tumultuous period from 1920 to 1950. Focusing on a connected history of policing, immigration, and crime, her work argues that the police of Marseille and Algiers helped to create the putative criminals they sought to control.