• Past talks:


“Commercial Sex and Racial Politics in Imperial France, 1914-1946.” Modern Europe Workshop, Princeton University, virtual event, February 8.

“Selling Whiteness: Commercial Sex and Colonial Migration in Imperial France, 1900s-1950.” The History of the Gendered Body Seminar Series, University of Oxford, virtual event, January 28.


“Abolishing Slavery, Instituting Prostitution.” Gender, Sexuality, and the Family in Modern Europe Workshop and Reading Group, virtual event, December 9.

“The Brothel as Gatekeeper of Whiteness.” The New York French History Group, virtual event, November 18.

“The Brothel as Gatekeeper of Whiteness.” Western Society for French History Annual Meeting, virtual event, October 22.

“Sex for Sale and Racial Policing in ‘Color-Blind’ France, 1914-1946.” Family Weekend Pard Talk, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, September 25.


“Prostitution, Migration, and the Making of Whiteness in the French Empire.” Institute of French Studies, New York University (virtual event), November 20.

“Travel Stories: Case Studies and Microhistories of Women and Sexual Labour in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.” Guest lecturer for a module titled “Sex, Work, and the Law” taught by Dr Julia Laite, University of London, June 11.


“A French Paradox: Negotiating the ‘Traffic in Women’ Between Metropole and Colony in the Twentieth Century,” Borders and Sexuality Symposium, New York University, New York, NY, April 4-5.

“The Brothel as Gatekeeper of Whiteness,” Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop, University of Chicago, March 12.

“Subversive Sex: Prostitution, Intimacy, and Race in Colonial Senegal,” Invited Speaker as part of the Global Encounters Lunch Series at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  February 19, 2019.

“Preserving the French Race: Prostitution Regulation and Interracial Sex in the French Atlantic.” (Panel organizer for “Migration, Sexual Labor, and State Governance in the French Atlantic and the British World.” Chair: Jessica Pliley), American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 3-6.


“Abolishing Slavery, Instituting Prostitution: Freed Women, Morality, and Order in the Postemancipation Atlantic.” French Colonial Historical Society, Seattle, WA, May 31-June 2.

“Sex on the Move: Prostitution, Interracial Intimacy, and Regulation in the French Atlantic, 1848-1947.” Gender and Sexuality Working Group, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 24.

“Sex and Love across the Color Line in France, 1939-1945.” Interracial Intimacies Symposium, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, April 19.

“Men’s Needs, Women’s Sins: Prostitution, Interracial Intimacy, and the Nation During World War II.” Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop, University of Chicago, March 6.


“French Women and Migratory Prostitution across the French Atlantic, 1910-1930s.” (Panel organizer for “Sex, Borders, and Women’s Migration in the Early Twentieth Century.” Chair: Jennifer Sessions), Western Society for French History Annual Conference, Reno, NV, November 2-4.

“Subversive Crossing: French Women, Sexual Labor, and Migration Between Metropole and Colony.” Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe Workshop, University of Chicago, October 25.

“Fermeture des maisons de tolérance et sexualité interraciale dans le Dakar d’après-guerre.” French Colonial Historical Society, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 15-17.

“Sexe sans Frontières: Prostitution, Imperial Mobility, and Racial Boundaries in the Interwar Period.” “Working the Empire: Gendered Conversations and Circulations in Imperial History” workshop, Paris, France, June 19-20.

“Interracial Transactional Sex, White Slave Trade, and Colonial Rule in the French Imperial-Nation State (1910s-1940s.) (Panel organizer for “Regulating Women’s Bodies: Prostitution, Beauty Pageants, and Piety in Global Perspectives.” Chair: Christelle Taraud), Seventeenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Hempstead, NY, June 1-4.

“Abolishing Slavery, Instituting Prostitution: Sexual and Racial Economies in the Post-emancipation French Atlantic.” Third Annual Weider History Workshop: Gender and Sexuality in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century France, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, April 7-8.

“Uprooting ‘Fleurs de Trottoirs:’ Displacing Clandestine Prostitution, Negotiating Respectable Sex in Colonial Martinique, 1938-1947.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, January 5-8.

“Four Career Diversity Models for Developing History Doctoral Internships.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, January 5-8


“Mapping the Politics of Abolition: Prostitution Laws, French Sovereignty, and Colonial Exception at the End of Empire.” Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe Workshop, University of Chicago, October 26.


TV and radio interviews on prostitution in Martinique for Martinique Première and ATV for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 20-22.

“Les lois protègent-elles ou fragilisent-elles les prostituées ? Histoire de la réglementation de la prostitution en Martinique aux XIXe et XXe siècles.” Journée internationale pour l’élimination de la violence à l’égard des femmes, Fort-de-France, Martinique, November 21.

“Forbidden Love? Race, Citizenship, and Sexual Politics in the French Atlantic World, 1848-1960.” Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe Workshop, University of Chicago, May 22.


“French Women, I wish you would hide your tears:’ The Gender of Wartime Mourning, 1914-1918.” Western Society for French History annual conference, San Antonio, TX, November 13-15.


“Littérature et représentations des liaisons interraciales aux Etats-Unis dans la première moitié du XIXe siècle (à travers les journaux d’esclaves).” Association pour l’étude de la colonisation européenne, 1750-1850, Université La Sorbonne, Paris, France, January 14.

“Quelles identités pour quels monuments ?” French-German Youth Office, Skopje, Macedonia, January 28-30.