Faculty Profile - Sung Choi

Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., UCLA , 2007
Office: Adamian Academic Center 123 | 781.891._2918 | schoi@bentley.edu
Department Phone: 781.891._2918


Sung Choi holds a doctorate from UCLA. She was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Nantes, France 2010-2011, and has taught at Pomona College and Washington State University.

Teaching Interests

Modern Europe, Contemporary World Issues, Empire and Decolonization, French North Africa

Research Interests

Modern France, Immigration and National Identity, Empire and Decolonization, Settler Colonialism

Professional Links


Awards and Honors

2018, Faculty support from the Wilson Center, M, Wilson Center of McMaster University, Canada
2018, Faculty support from the University of Trento, Italy, Workshop on the Trauma of Returnees during Decolonization
2018, Residence Fellow Position, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
2014, Valente Center Faculty Grant , Valente Center, Bentley University
2014, Valente NEH Humanities Research Grant, Valente Center, Bentley University, National Endowment for the Humanities


Journal Articles
Choi, S. (2012). Complex Compatriots: French Jews in Post-Vichy Algeria . Journal of North African Studies, 17 (5), 1-18.

Choi, S. (2011). The Muslim Veteran in Postcolonial France: The Politics of the Integration of Harkis After 1962. French Politics, Culture, and Society, 29 (1), 24-45.

Choi, S. (2015). The French of Algeria and Decolonization: Bringing the Settler Colony Home. Palgrave: Cambridge Series in Imperial and Postcolonial Studies. (link)

Book Reviews
Choi, S. (2020). [Review of the book Herrick Chapman, France's Long Reconstruction: In Search of the Modern Republic]. The American Historical Review. (link)

Choi, S. (2017). [Review of the book Claire Eldridge. From Empire to Exile: History and Memory Within the Pied-Noir and Harki Communities ]. Reviews in History/Institute of Historical Research. (link)

Choi, S. (2017). [Review of the book Jeffrey James Byrne. Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Revolution, and the Third World Order]. The American Historical Review/Oxford University Press. (link)

Choi, S. (2015). [Review of the book Hannah Feldman, A Nation Torn, Decolonizing Art and Representation in France, 1945-1962 and Martin Evans, France's Undeclared War]. History, Reviews of New Books/Taylor & Francis. (link)

Book Chapters
Choi, S. (2020). Settling Land Ownership Rights in French Algeria. In Lorenzo Veracini and Susan Slyomovics (Eds.), Settler Colonial Studies In Memory of Patrick Wolfe. London: Verso Press

Choi, S. (2019). Pied-Noir Trauma and Identity in Postcolonial France, 1962-2010. In Ronald Eyerman and Giuseppe Sciortino (Eds.), The Cultural Trauma of Decolonization: Colonial Returnees in the National Imagination (pp. 137-167)Palgrave Macmillan (link)

Choi, S. (2016). French Algeria 1830-1962. In Edward Cavanaugh, Lorenzo Veracini (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism. London: Routledge Publishers (link)

Conference Proceedings and Presentations

Choi, S., . (2018). "To Animate, Participate, and Harmonize: Cooperation via IRAM in Postcolonial Madagascar, 1958-1965." Presented at the Western Society for French Historical Studies's Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French Historical Studies, Portland, ME.

Choi, S. (2018). Presented at the McMaster University and Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council's International Workshop on Post-Orientalism, Canada.

Choi, S. (2017). "To Animate, Participate, and Harmonize: Cooperation via IRAM in Postcolonial Madagascar, 1958-1965." Presented at the French Colonial Historical Society's Annual Meeting of the French Colonial Historical Society, Aix-en-Provence, France.

Choi, S. (2017). "The Trauma of Displacement during Decolonization: Can Settlers Have Tales of Woe?" Presented at the Yale University Trauma Center's Histories of Trauma and Decolonization, New Haven, CT.

Choi, S. (2017). "What do we talk about when we talk about decolonization?" Presented at the Society for French Historical Studies's Annual Meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies, Washington, D.C..

Choi, S. (2017). "The End of Settler Colonialism in Algeria and the Crisis of Citizenship in France after 1962." Presented at the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies's UCLA Conference in Memory of Patrick Wolfe, Los Angeles, CA.

Choi, S. (2015). "Welfare and Immigration Policy in the Neoliberal Age." Presented at the Western Society for French Historical Studies's Western Society for French Historical Studies, Chicago, IL.

Choi, S. (2015). "Tocqueville in America and Liberal Theories of Settler Colonialism." Presented at the World Historical Association's World Historical Association, Savannah, GA.

Choi, S. (2014). "Settler Colonial Violence and Party Politics during the Algerian War." Presented at the SFHS's Society for French Historical Studies, Montreal, CA.


Department Service
Organizer , 2019
Coordinator for signing up History Minors, 2015
Minors Coordinator, 2016 - 2017

University Service
Task Force Member for Honors Council, 2018 - Present
Task Force Member for Task Force 3 for Curriculum Reform, 2019 - 2019
University Senate for Faculty Senate, 2016 - 2018
Administrative Assignment, Other for Freshmen Advising, 2015 - 2016

Professional Service
Reviewer, Journal Article for French Historical Society, 2018 - Present
Reviewer, Grant Proposal for Institute for Advanced Studies of Nantes, France, 2015 - Present
Conference/Workshop Organizer for American Center for Maghreb Studies, Algeria, 2019 - 2019
Reviewer, Journal Article for Editorial Board of Jewish Social Studies journal, 2015 - 2016