I am a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. I am also affiliated with the Sahel Research Group. I completed my PhD in History at the Université Laval (Canada) with distinction in 2018.
My research is comparative and explores Islam and Muslim societies in West Africa from the 1960s to the present. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Togo, focused on Islamic activism among youth and women, their appropriation of (new) media, and Muslim politics. My interdisciplinary approach relies on a combination of methods including interviews and written sources, and participant observation fieldwork. Working within the digital humanities, I have developed methods for collecting, organizing and exploiting a broad array of written material that scholars in Islamic studies of Africa have often considered too scarce to be meaningfully employed.
I am the author of the book La construction d’une sphère publique musulmane en Afrique de l’Ouest (Presses de l’Université Laval/Hermann, 2016). My research has also been published in several peer-reviewed journals and edited collections.