The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Dustin Harris

Sessional Lecturer

Office Location:  Sidney Smith 3080


Program and your year in that program: PhD, Year 5

Major and Minor Fields: Twentieth Century Europe (Major), Urban History (Minor) and Colonialisms (Minor)

Supervisor: Eric Jennings

Dissertation title:
“Muslims in Marseille: North African Immigration and French Social Welfare in the Late Colonial and Early Postcolonial Eras”

Previous degrees:
B.A. Honours History (University of British Columbia), M.A., (Simon Fraser University)

Description of dissertation and research interests:
My dissertation project examines the interplay between social welfare initiatives, the settlement experiences of North African immigrants, and the legacies of French colonialism in the city of Marseille from 1945 to 1975. My broader research interests include Modern French History, French Colonial History, Colonial Urban History, Public Housing, Immigration, and the Decolonization of Algeria

Awards and Scholarships:
Vivienne Poy Chancellor’s Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Toronto, 2014-2015 ($30,000 CAD)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (2011-2014)

“Constructing  Dakar:  Assimilation,  Association  and  Power  in  French  African  Urban Development.” The Graduate History Review (formerly Preteritus). Vol. 1 (Autumn 2009): 61-69.

“Re-Housing les mal-logés musulmans: North African Immigration, Shantytown-Clearance Operations, and the Formation of a Social Housing Strategy in Marseille, 1945-1975.” Paper presented at the Toronto French History Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, 29 January 2016.

“The Centre d’Accueil Nord-Africain: Social Welfare, Integration, and the problème des jeunes musulmans in Late Colonial and Early Postcolonial Marseille.” Paper presented at the Western Society for French History Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 6 November 2015.

“Fighting a New Type of War: Social Welfare, the French Army, and the Problem of Muslim Youth in Late Colonial Algeria.” Paper presented at the Tri-University Annual History Conference on “War, Memory, and Commemoration,” Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario, 7 March 2015.

“Rethinking the ‘Shantytown Republic’: Bidonvilles, Logements Socials, and North African Immigration in Postcolonial Marseille.” Paper presented at the tenth annual Graduate History Symposium, “(De)constructing Sites: Reinterpreting Histories,” University of Toronto, 7-8 February 2014.

Academic Service (e.g. member of symposium organizing committee, etc):
Co-Organizer, “Instability and Insecurity,” Annual Graduate History Symposium, University of Toronto, 2015

Associate Editor, Past Tense, graduate journal of the Department of History, University of Toronto, 2013-present


  • 2011-2012