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Joseph Peterson

Dr. Joseph Peterson

Assistant Professor


Joseph Peterson is a historian of Modern France, imperialism, and religion, with an interest in the history of Muslim-Christian contact. At USM, he teaches courses in World and European history.

Book: Sacred Rivals: Catholic Missions and the Making of Islam in Nineteenth-Century France and Algeria (Oxford UP, 2022) Open Access version:

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“From Père-Lachaise to the Creole Blues: The Fight for Anti-Racist Collective Memories in 19th-Century France and Today,” (Age of Revolutions, February 2024).

“Honor, Excrement, Ethnography: Colonial Knowledge Between Missionary and Militaire in French Algeria,” (Journal of Modern History, March 2021).

“‘Admiration…for all that is sincerely religious’: Louis Veuillot and Catholic Representations of Islam and Empire in July Monarchy France,” French Historical Studies (Aug-Sept. 2017).

  • PHD - Yale University (2017)
  • MA - Clemson University (2010)
  • BA - Bob Jones University (2007)

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Areas of Expertise

Modern France, Imperialism, Religion, and Muslim-Christian encounter