Dr. Yuval Tal
Dr. Yuval Tal is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism. He received his PhD in History from Johns Hopkins University in 2020. His research explores the history of Christians, Muslims, and Jews from across the French Mediterranean within a shared analytical framework.
His published articles include: “The ‘Latin’ Melting-Pot: Ethno-Republican Thinking and Immigrant Assimilation in and through Colonial Algeria,” French Historical Studies (Forthcoming in February 2021); “The Social Logic of Colonial Anti-Judaism: A Revisit of the Anti-Jewish Crisis in French Algeria," Studies in Contemporary Jewry 30 (2018); and "Jewish and Sexual Identities in the Works of George Mosse," Hayo Haya - A Young Forum for History 9 (2012).
Yuval’s dissertation and current book project examine encounters between Jews, Muslims, and Catholic European settlers in colonial Algeria, and reveals the importance of ethnicity to France’s republican project of national assimilation. At SICSA, Yuval works on a new research project that explores interactions between working-class Jews, Muslims, and Christians in French and North African Mediterranean cities. The project seeks to probe the ethnic logic that produced social hierarchies across the French Mediterranean, and investigates how these hierarchies gradually set Jews, Muslims, and Christians apart.