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Dr Ed Naylor

  • Qualifications: DPhil (2011), MA (2004), MA (2003)
  • Role Title: Lecturer in French History
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6145
  • Email: ed.naylor@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Ed Naylor joined the University of Portsmouth as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in autumn 2014. He is a historian of contemporary France with particular research interests in decolonization, post-colonial migration and the welfare state. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh he took a Master's degree in European studies at the College of Europe in Warsaw. In 2011 he completed a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, with a thesis supervised by Professor Julian Jackson and entitled 'The politics of a presence: Algerians in Marseille from independence to “immigration sauvage” (1962-1974)'. He has subsequently taught at both Queen Mary and the University of Portsmouth, and in 2012-13 participated in a CNRS-led collaborative project, 'Sites of multiple memory', investigating the history of immigrant detention centres in France. In 2013-14 he was the Deakin Visiting Fellow at the European Studies Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford. His publications include ‘“Un âne dans l’ascenseur”: Late colonial welfare services and social housing in Marseille after decolonization’ in the journal French History which was awarded the 2013 SFHS article prize. Since joining Portsmouth Ed has published an article on the history of immigrant detention ‘Arenc: le premier centre de retention était clandestin’, Plein Droit, March 2015, and contributed a review article to Contemporary European History: ‘Solidarisme ou Barbarie: Welfare and the ‘social question’ in France’, August 2015. He is currently editing a volume which explores reformist visions of French Empire in the late colonial period: France’s modernising mission: citizenship, welfare and the ends of empire (Palgrave, forthcoming). His latest research project, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, explores how social work and ideas of marginality in France were reshaped by decolonization. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Ed Naylor teaches on the following modules:

  • The Making of Modern Europe (U20337)
  • Guns, glory hunters & greed: European colonisation in Africa (U23902)
  • France and Africa: Decolonisation and post-colonial relations (U23901)
  • People on the Move: Migration and borders in Europe (U25000)
  • Europe: Integration and democratisation (U22429)

Research profile

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