Yuval Tal

Yuval Tal

Yuval Tal
Mandel Building, 3rd floor, room 326

European History
French Colonialism
Mediterranean Studies
Jewish Studies
Middle Eastern and North African Studies


Current Projects: 

Yuval is currently pursuing two research projects. He is completing a book manuscript, “French Republicanism and the Problem of Empire: Muslims, Catholics, and Jews in French Algeria, 1870-1921.” This study explores the desires of all non-French groups in colonial Algeria - Muslims, Jews, and Catholic immigrants from Italy, Spain, and Malta - to become French while retaining their communal identities. It argues that France’s republican project of national assimilation, despite its explicit universalism, was predicated on the notion that only Catholic Europeans were a priori capable of becoming French. Yuval is also working on a new research project, “The Limits of Solidarity: Ethnicity and Class Politics in the French Mediterranean, 1918-1962.” This project explores interactions between French, Italian, Spanish, Muslim, and Jewish workers in labor unions and during strikes in the Mediterranean cities of Marseille, Tunis, Algiers, and Constantine.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2020-2021   Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the

  • Study of Antisemitism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 2016-2018   The Posen Society of Fellows

  • 2014-2016   The Owen Scholars Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University

  • 2012-2013   Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Fellowship


  • 2016-2020   Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University

  • 2011-2014   M.A. Magna cum laude, Jewish History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 2007-2010   B.A. Magna cum laude, History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


  • “The ‘Latin’ Melting-Pot: Ethnorepublican Thinking and Immigrant Assimilation in and through

  • Colonial Algeria,” French Historical Studies 44:1 (2021), 85-118.

  • “The Social Logic of Colonial Anti-Judaism: Revisiting the Anti-Jewish Crisis in French

  • Algeria, 1889-1902," Studies in Contemporary Jewry 30 (2018), 17-36.

  •  “Working-Class Politics, Social Resentment, and Jewish-Muslim Relations in

  • Twentieth-Century Colonial Algeria” (in progress)

  • "Jewish and Sexual Identities in the Works of George Mosse," Hayo Haya 9 (2012), 64-84.