I am currently finishing a PhD in the department of Modern Languages & Cultures at the University of Manchester. My thesis, funded by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and supervised by Joseph McGonagle and Barbara Lebrun, is titled Representations of Jewish-Muslim Relations in Contemporary France. Drawing on media studies, discourse analysis, literary studies, and cultural studies, my research seeks to determine, firstly, to what extent a narrative of polarization remains a dominant force in media and political representations of Jewish-Muslim relations and, secondly, explore how and to what extent French Jewish and Muslim writers and interfaith activists relate and respond to such a narrative consisting of dominant, reified binary definitions within the contemporary framework of difference-blind assimilationist republican universalism.
Along with my colleague Katharine Halls, I am also the co-founder and coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim Research Network (JMRN). The JMRN is an interdisciplinary and international initiative bringing together researchers studying Jews, Muslims, Judaism, and Islam in any time period and region. Our network currently comprises of over a hundred researchers across Europe, North America, and the Middle East.
My main research interests include Jewish-Muslim relations in France, LGBTQ Muslims, apostasy from Islam and ex-Muslims, as well as, more broadly speaking, gender, sexuality, language, and ethnic/religious minorities. Aside from my PhD research on Jews and Muslims in France, I am also currently working on projects on apostasy from Islam in the French-speaking world, ex-Muslims in Singapore, and Pink Dot in Singapore. In addition, I have published on a diverse set of topics, from seventeenth-century French theatre to contemporary French stand-up comedy. I am also a translator, having translated an essay by Voltaire and Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed’s Homosexuality, Transidentity, and Islam (Amsterdam University Press).
I received my M.A. (equivalent) from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, France, where he worked under the supervision of Catherine Brun. Prior to that, I received my B.A. from Boston University, where I had the privilege of studying under Jeffrey Mehlman, Odile Cazenave, and the late Susan Jackson.