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Minayo Nasiali

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email    mnasiali@history.ucla.edu
Office  5274 Bunche Hall
I am a social and cultural historian of modern France and empire.

I received my bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 2003, and completed my graduate training at the University of Michigan in 2010.  From 2010-2011, I was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the UC Berkeley Department of History.

 My book, Native to the Republic:  Empire, Social Citizenship, and Everyday Life in Marseille since 1945, was published by Cornell University Press in 2016.  It examines the politics of everyday life in Marseille neighborhoods and shows how common sense perceptions of ethnic and social difference have shaped the late-modern French welfare state.

My new project is a history of shipping in the twentieth century and explores the movement of people, goods, and ideas within the French empire.

Selected Publications:


Native to the Republic:  Empire, Social Citizenship and Everyday Life in Marseille since 1945Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2016.


"An Inconvenient Expertise:  French Colonial Sailors and Technological Knowledge in the Union Française," French Politics, Culture, & Society 37, No. 1 (Spring 2019):   117-138.

“Trouble on the Docks: Strikes, Scabs and the Colonial Question in Marseille’s Port Neighborhoods,” Special Issue, Sex and the Colonial City,  Journal of Urban History 42, Issue 5 (September 2016):  900-918.

 “Citizens, Squatters and Asocials:  The Right to Housing and the Politics of Difference in Post-Liberation France,” The American Historical Review 119, Issue 2 (April 2014)434-459.

 “Ordering the Disorderly Slum: ‘Standardizing’ Quality of Life in Marseille Tenements and Bidonvilles, 1953-1962,” Journal of Urban History 38, Issue 6 (November 2012):  1021 – 1035.

Reviews and Review Essays

Andrew Newman, Landscape of Discontent:  Urban Sustainability in Immigrant Paris (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2015).  H-France Vol. 16 (August 2016) No. 154.

Kenny Cupers, The Social Project: Housing Postwar France (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press,  2014) and Nicole Rudolph, At Home in Postwar France:  Modern Mass Housing and the Right to Comfort (New York:  Berghahn, 2015). Contemporary French Civilization 41, issue 1 (2016).