Sung Choi

  • Associate Professor, History
  • Ph.D. UCLA
  • Office: Adamian Academic Center - 123 | 781.891.2918 | schoi@bentley.edu
  • Department Phone: 781.891.2918

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

Bio

Sung Choi holds a doctorate from UCLA. She was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Nantes, France, and is the author of Decolonization and the French of Algeria (2016)

Professional Links

Professional Memberships

  • Society for French Historical Studies 2015 - Present
  • Council of European Studies 2014 - Present
  • Society for French Historical Studies 2014 - Present
  • 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
  • Publications

    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.

    Books


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

  • Book Chapters


  • Choi, S. (2020). 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. 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)
  • Choi, S. (). Colonization, Land Registries, and the Torrens Act in French Algeria, 1863-1903 In Lorenzo Veracini and Susan Slyomovics, (Eds.) Race, Place, Trace, Essays in Honour of Patrick Wolfe. 21-54. London, UK: Verso

  • 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, (125) 2 (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. 2105 (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, (122) 1 (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, (Volume 43) Issue 4Taylor and Francis: (Link)

  • Presentations

  • Andrews, B. J., Choi, S., Eijmberts, J. P., Ledley, F. D., Cleary, E., Thomas, S., Schwarzkopf, D. L., Stuckey, J. K., Davi, W., DeLeo, R., Moriarty, J., Gainsborough, J. F., Gentry, W., , C. R. (2020). “How Taxes Shape Lives” Presented at the Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences Convener, Bentley Humanities Seminar Bentley University
  • Pierre-Louis, K., Choi, S., Skipwith, C. G. (2020). “Taking a Pandemic View of America” Presented at the Bentley University Bentley Community Learning Conference
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 World Historical Association Savannah, GA
  • Choi, S. (2014). “Settler Colonial Violence and Party Politics during the Algerian War” Presented at the SFHS Society for French Historical Studies Montreal, CA
  • Service

    Department Service


  • University Senate 2021 - Present
  • Organizer for Bentley Speaker Series 2019 - Present
  • Coordinator for signing up History Minors for History Department Minors Coordinator 2015 - Present
  • Minors Coordinator for History Department Minors Coordinator 2016 - 2017
  • University Service


  • Committee Member for Bentley Nominations Committee 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Bentley Teaching and Learning Council 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Working Group for Redesigning the Communications Core Sequence Syllabus for Curricular Reform 2021 - Present
  • University Senate for Bentley University Senate 2021 - Present
  • Committee Member for Valente Center 2020 - Present
  • 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, Book for H-Diplo 2021 - Present
  • 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