Melissa K Byrnes joined LG&M in January 2017 (after a couple of guest posts in 2015). She is Associate Professor of History at Southwestern University, where she has been teaching European and world history since 2008.
Her research interests include the history of migration, activism, human rights, humanitarianism, France and the French Empire, and the Muslim world. She is finishing a book on post-1945 community activism for North African rights and welfare in the suburbs of Paris and Lyon. Recently, she’s also been working on anti-Salazarism in France in the 1960s and the role of racial ideology in Cold War diplomacy. She has published articles in French Cultural Studies, French Politics, Culture & Society, and The World History Bulletin, as well as in the Austin American-Statesman.
Byrnes received her BA in History and French from Amherst College in 200o, her MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 2003, and her PhD in History from Georgetown University in 2008. She lives in Austin, TX most of the year and stays sane through lots of yoga, good food, and escapist fiction.