Whitney Abernathy Barnes

Whitney Abernathy Barnes

E-mail: whitney.abernathy@bc.edu

Office: Stokes Hall, Cubicle S330D

Advisor: Thomas Dodman

Twitter: @whitaber

Curriculum Vitae


B.A. University of Georgia (2009, History)

M.A. Georgia State University (2013, History)


I study modern French intellectual and cultural history, particularly emphasizing the dual role of religion and empire in the making of contemporary metropolitan French political institutions. 


  • “Secular Christianity? Religious Paradox in Alexis de Tocqueville’s Attitudes Towards French Algeria,” The Western Society for French History, San Antonio, Texas, November 13-15, 2014 (upcoming).
  • “Alexis de Tocqueville: Secular Religion, Empire, and a Peculiarly French Sense of Identity,” The Society for the Study of French History, Durham, UK, July 10-12, 2014 (upcoming).
  • “Religion, Sexuality, and the Politics of Power: The French in Morocco 1900-1920” Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, November 9, 2013.
  • “Religion, Sexuality, Power: The French in Morocco 1900-1920,” The Western Society for French History, Atlanta, Georgia, October 24-27, 2013.
  • “French Religious Identity and the Assertion of Power in Morocco 1900-1914,” The University of Alabama Graduate History Association Conference, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 1-2, 2013.
  • “Religion, France, and Power in Morocco 1900-1920,” Duke University Department of History Graduate Student Conference, Durham, North Carolina, February 15, 2013.