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Public Scholar

I work to position my research to constructively engage public debates about cannabis, crime, and citizenship taking place today in France and beyond.  For the past year I thus have served as contributing editor for the popular blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, POINTS, and published over a dozen posts on topics related to drugs history in France and Europe. I also am a Books Review Editor for Social History of Alcohol and Drugsofficial journal of the ADHS. And my work on the colonial history of cannabis in France has also appeared in The Conversation, Salon, Slate (FR), Quartz, Religion News Service, Medical XPress, The Houston Chronicle, and The Chicago Tribune, among other popular news outlets. My work is also available on my Academia.edu profile.

Recent Publications:

"La résine de cannabis : remède miracle ou poison d’Orient?" Courrier international, 11 Oct. 2019.

"France's forgotten golden age of medical marijuana," QUARTZ, 3 October 2019. Also published in Medical Xpress

"La France a oublié son âge d’or du cannabis médical," NewsWeed.Fr, 30 Sept. 2019.

"France forgets its golden age of medical marijuana," Leafly, 27 Aug. 2019

“L’histoire de la légalité du cannabis est indissociable de l’histoire colonial,” Slate (FR), 26 August 2019 


“French cannabis legalization debate ignores race, religion, & the mass incarceration of Muslims,” Salon, 16 Aug. 2019


​“France’s cannabis legalization debate misses one crucial point,” QUARTZ, 12 August 2019

"French Legalization Debate Ignores Race, Religion, Mass Incarceration," Leafly, 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Blog Posts:

“Conference Report – ADHS Shanghai, 12-15 June 2019.” Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and

Drugs History Society. 11 July 2019. [Link]


“L’Affaire Sarah Halimi and ‘Reefer Madness’ in France: Part II.” Points: The Blog of the

Alcohol and Drugs History Society. 27 June 2019. [Link]


“L’Affaire Sarah Halimi and ‘Reefer Madness’ in France: Part I.” Points: The Blog of the

Alcohol and Drugs History Society. 30 May 2019. [Link]


“The Other, Other Opioid Crisis; Tramadol in West Africa.” Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and

Drugs History Society. 4 April 2019. [Link]


“Hemp and Heritage in French History.” Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs

History Society. 21 February 2019. [Link]


“New Win in Old Skins: Cannabis Branding and French Wine Appellations.” Points: The

Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. 4 December 2018. [Link]


“First as Tragedy, Second as Farce: The Recent Rise and Fall of CBD Cafés in France.” Points:

The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. 1 November 2018. [Link]


“La Droit de la Drogue: Hachichins, Orientalist Imaginings, and Fear of Foreigners and Drug

Use in France’s Legal Codes.” Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. 12 June 2018. [Link]


“Writing Global Histories of Cannabis: Conference Report from Glasgow, 19-20 April 2018.”

Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society. 31 May 2018. [Link]


“The Real History of France’s First Anti-Drug Law.” Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs

History Society. 9 August 2016. [Link]


“The Transnational Origins of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.” 420 Archive. 22 July 2016.

[Link]


"The Frictions of Research in Foreign Archives," Strategic Visions 14:1 (Spring 2014): 1- 2.

[Link]

Recent Conference Presentations:

“Taming the Orient: Medicalizing and Marketing Marijuana in 19th century France,” 44th Annual

International Congress for the History of Pharmacy,” Washington, D.C. on 6 September 2019.


“Imperial Déjà Vu: Hashish Crime, and Citizenship in Modern France,” ADHS 2019: Changing

Minds – Societies, States, the Sciences and Psychoactive Substances in History at Shanghai University (China) on June 12-14, 2019.


"The Original French Connection: France and the First Global Medical Marijuana Movement,

1830-1850,” at the Cannabis: Global Histories Conference, sponsored by the CSHHH at

Strathclyde University (Glasgow, Scotland) on April 19-20, 2018. 


“The Rise and Fall of Cannabis in French Pharmacy, 1800-1850,” at The Bi-Annual Conference

of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society at University College Utrecht (The Netherlands) on June 22-25, 2017.


Comment on “Regime Change and Independence Movements” Panel, Temple University’s Barnes

Graduate Conference, Philadelphia, PA. 23 March 2013


Comment on “Transnational History” Panel, Temple University’s Barnes Graduate Conference,

Philadelphia, PA. 17 March 2011


“Women in Nazi Germany: Historicizing Complicity,” Villanova University History Department,

Best Paper Presentations Villanova, PA. 3 May 2010.

Upcoming Presentations:

“Taming the Orient: Medicalizing Cannabis in 19th century France,” 66th Annual Meeting of the

Society for French Historical Studies and 22nd George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilization, The University of Auckland (New Zealand), upcoming on 7-10 July 2020.


“Taming the Orient: Medicalizing Cannabis in 19th century France,” Invited Book Talk at the

University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada), upcoming on 2 April 2020.


“Naturalizing Cannabis: Edmond de Courtive and the Medicalization of Hashish in 1840s

France,” Beyond the Medicine/Drugs Dichotomy: Historical Perspectives on Good and Evil in Pharmacy, University of Johannesburg (South Africa), upcoming on 5-7 December 2019.

In The News

"Le stupéfiant parcours du haschisch dans le Maghreb sous colonisation française," ActuExpress, Sept. 2019

Shreyas Tana, "Marijuana? A Medicinal Drug?" MedGazette24.com