Political, social, and cultural processes of decolonization in French North Africa and Indochina
Andrew Bellisari is a founding faculty member of Fulbright University Vietnam, the first independent, non-profit institution of higher education in Vietnam. At Fulbright he has worked with both faculty colleagues and students to develop an innovative, trans-disciplinary liberal arts curriculum that is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Andrew’s research explores the political, social, and cultural processes (and consequences) of decolonization, particularly in French North Africa and Indochina, and he has published his work in the Journal of Contemporary History and the Journal of North African Studies. His current book project, The Loose Ends of Empire: Cultures of
Decolonization in France and Algeria, examines the logistics of decolonization in French Algeria to understand how transfers of power work in practice and postcolonial sovereignty is constructed on a local level—from negotiations over museum collections to debates about how to keep Algeria’s trains running after independence.
In Vietnam, Andrew has begun researching his next project, Fighting Against Freedom, which explores the complex networks and personal stories of French colonial subjects from across North Africa, West Africa, India, and Indochina who fought in the French Far East Expeditionary Corps against the Việt Minh during the First Indochina War (1946-1954).
Andrew received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, where he specialized in the history of modern Europe and the modern Middle East. He also holds a bachelor’s in History and French from Rutgers University and studied at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris as a Fulbright fellow. Andrew speaks Arabic, French, and Vietnamese.