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Jennifer Sessions

Associate Professor of History, University of Iowa

Jennifer Sessions' research interests center on the relationship between France and its overseas empire, and on the intersections of culture and politics. Her recent book, By Sword and Plow: France and the Conquest of Algeria (Cornell University Press, 2011), uses archival, visual, and literary sources to trace the foundation of the French settler colony in Algeria in the mid-19th century. She is currently at work on two projects exploring settler practices of commemoration in colonial Algeria and the 1901 "Margueritte Revolt" and subsequent trial of the accused Algerian participants.

Sessions joined the History Department in 2005 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of History, University of Iowa