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Burleigh Hendrickson

post-doctoral fellow

Burleigh Hendrickson


Office: Stokes S344

Telephone: (617) 552-3808

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., Northeastern University, 2014


French Empire, Postcolonial Studies, Transnational and Comparative History, Migration Studies, Colonialism and Contemporary West Africa, Maghreb Studies


Burleigh Hendrickson is a historian of French empire and the postcolonial francophone world. He has published articles on comparative and transnational activism in the 1960s in the International Journal of Middle East Studies and Migrance. His current book project, tentatively entitled, "Fragments of Empire: The Postcolonial 1968 in Tunisia, France, and Senegal," focuses on the transnational and postcolonial relationships between France and its former colonies during the global university protests of 1968. His research takes the former French empire as a unit of analysis for the first time in any study on the global 1960s and makes visible the enduring links between France and its ex-colonies at the end of formal empire. "Fragments of Empire" argues that intellectual migration from the colonies to the metropole during the colonial period laid the foundations for postcolonial networks of activists after independence. Burleigh is also interested in the emergence of transnational human rights organizations in response to the state repression of 1960s university protests, particularly in the case of Tunisia. He is the past recipient of a Mellon writing fellowship from the Council for European Studies, a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, and a research grant from the Society for French Historical Studies.


  • “Qu’est-ce que la postcolonialité ? Vers une définition pluraliste,” in Postcolonial  Studies : modes d’emploi, ed. by Florian Alix et al. (Presses universitaires de Lyon, 2013): 155-173.
  • “March 1968: Practicing Transnational Activism From Tunis to Paris,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 44 (November 2012): 755-774.
  • “Migrations intellectuelles, Indépendance Inachevée et 1968 à Dakar et à Tunis,” Migrance 39 (2012): 110-122.