Dr Elizabeth Marcus is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds, and her 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. She received her BA from the University of Oxford in Modern History and French, and completed her PhD in French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She was a Mellon Fellow in the Scholars in the Humanities programme at Stanford University between 2017 and 2019, and her work has been supported by (among others) the Bourse Chateaubriand, the Council for British Research in the Levant, the Mellon Foundation, the Camargo Foundation, EHESS and the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
Dr Marcus’s first manuscript, Difference and Dissidence: The End of Empire in Lebanon uncovers the response of local actors to the unique period of transition in Lebanon at the end of the French mandate to the beginning of the civil war in 1975. During her time as a British Academy Fellow and at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, she will continue her second project entitled Paris and the Global University, 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).