Dr Elizabeth Jacqueline Marcus


I am a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. I received my BA from the University of Oxford in Modern History and French, and completed my PhD in French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 2017. I have taught in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University and at MIT as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Global Studies and Languages Department. I was a Mellon Fellow in the Scholars in the Humanities program at Stanford University between 2017-2019. I have held fellowships in Cassis, Paris and Beirut, and my work has been supported by (among others) the Bourse Chateaubriand, the Council for British Research in the Levant, the Mellon Foundation, and the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

My research focuses on the literatures, as well as the intellectual and cultural history of the Francophone and Arab world, with a particular interest in the relationship between language and cultural politics, intellectual networks, and migration in the afterlife of the French Empire. My current manuscript, Difference and Dissidence: Cultural Politics and the End of Empire in Lebanon, 1943-1975, uncovers the response of local actors to the unique period of transition Lebanon at the end of the French mandate to the beginning of the civil war in 1975. During my time as a British Academy Fellow, I will start my second project, Paris and the Global University: International Students and Cultural Internationalism at the Cité Universitaire, 1945-1975, which looks at how the Cité internationale Universitaire, a residential campus in the Parisian outskirts, became a crucible of left and right-wing transnational political and cultural activism during the Trente Glorieuses (1945-1975).

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>