Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Mélanie Lamotte

Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Department Affiliation
Department of French and Italian

Ph.D., 2015, University of Cambridge, History
M.A., 2011, University of Cambridge, Early Modern History
B.A., 2009, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne/University of Cambridge, History

Academic Experience
Assistant Professor, Tulane University, French and Africana Studies, 2020
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Humanities Center, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, 2020
Lecturer, Stanford University, CCSRE and History, 2020
Junior Research Fellow, Cambridge University, Newnham College, History, 2017
Lecturer, Cambridge University, History, 2017
Visiting Scholar, Australia National University, Humanities Research Center, 2017
Supervisor for Undergraduate History Students, University of Cambridge, Jesus College and Trinity Hall, 2016

Research & Teaching Specializations:
Race, ethnicity and colonialism in the early modern period; French colonial world; Atlantic world/Indian Ocean history and literature.

Related Experience
Core Curriculum Committee Member, Tulane University, Africana Studies Program, 2020-2021
Peer Reviewing, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 2018-2019
Peer Reviewing, Annales de Démographie Historique, 2018-2019
Race Equality Charter Committee Member, University of Cambridge, 2016-2017
World History Subject Group Member, University of Cambridge, History Faculty, 2016-2017

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, Humanities Center – CCSRE, 2017-2020
Research Fellowship, Australian National University, Humanities Research Center, Summer 2017
Short-Term Research Fellowship, Brown University, John Carter Brown Library, Summer 2015
Grant, “The History Project,” Harvard and Cambridge University, Center for History and Economics, 2013
Members’ History Prize for the best MPhil dissertation, University of Cambridge, History Faculty, 2012
AHRC Placement Scheme Fellowship, Kluge Center, Library of Congress, 2013
Irène Némirovsky Memorial Prize, University of Cambridge, Robinson College, 2013

Guadeloupean Creole

Overseas Experience

Selected Publications

Under review. “Beyond the Atlantic: Transoceanic Connections and the Standardization of Racial Policies in the Early French Empire.” The William and Mary Quarterly.

Forthcoming. “Race and Assimilation in the Historiography of the Early Modern French Empire.” The Historical Journal.

2017. “Intimate Bonds: Family and Slavery in the French Atlantic by Jennifer L. Palmer.” The William and Mary Quarterly 74, no. 2. 373-378

2016. ‘€œColour Prejudice in the Early Modern French Atlantic World.‘€ Pp. 151-71 in The Atlantic World. Edited by D‘€™Maris Coffman, Adrian Leonard, William O‘€™Reilly. Routledge.

2015. “A Guide to French Louisiana Sources.” Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 11, no. 3. 185-211

  • Recently Taught Latin American-Related Courses*
    FREN 7370: Le Monde Atlantique Français

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