About me

I am a lecturer in British history at University of Burgundy and a member of research group Image et Critique, part of the Centre Interlangues: Texte, Image, Langage (EA 4182).

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Previously a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellow,1 I obtained my PhD from Université Paris Cité (LARCA, 2021) in British history and history of science with a thesis on the amateur scientific associations in Victorian Britain.2 Subscribing to the ‘spatial turn’ in the history of science, I investigated the impact of geography on the organisation and practice of natural history in the English Midlands. Through an analysis of the natural history societies, naturalists’ field clubs and literary and philosophical societies in this hitherto little studied region, my thesis seeks to put the Midlands on the map of Victorian amateur science.

Since then, my research has taken a “visual turn,” and I have been working on scientific illustrations and photography in print in the long nineteenth century. I am currently working on The Gardeners’ Chronicle (1841-1923) with an ultimate aim of creating a database of visual material which would be accessible online.

Besides, I am also keenly interested in:

  • historical geographies of Victorian Britain
  • digital history
  • gender history
  • periodical studies

Current projects

I am currently working on several articles derived from my doctoral research:

An article on the popularisation of mycology in the nineteenth century

An article on the Literary and Philosophical Societies in the Victorian Midlands

An article on the publishing activities of the amateur scientific associations in local, regional and national levels in late Victorian Britain

An article on the membership of the natural history societies in the Victorian Midlands

Atlas of amateur science in Victorian England which would be curated in an interactive website to which a biographical database of the amateur naturalists would be integrated.

I am also developing research projects in line with my interests listed above.


My teaching focuses mainly on British history from the Norman Conquest (1066) to present at undergraduate level. At master’s level, I teach courses preparing students to the national exam to become a teacher (MEEF, CAPES).

  1. 2016-2019 PhD Fellow European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no 665850, (Inspire Cofund 2016) Université de Paris. 

  2. 2016-2021 PhD Université de Paris, Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Cultures Anglophones, Paris. Title of the thesis: “Local Science in Provincial England: Natural History in the Victorian Midlands, c.1860-c.1900,” defended on 19 November 2021.