I am a post-doctoral research fellow based in the history department of Georgetown University (Washington D.C.). (see my faculty page at Georgetown and a presentation of the books I have written on my website). I am currently conducting a three year research project on the Environmental History of Saint-Domingue / Haiti (1492-today).

I have a long-standing interest for environmental and energy issues, in particular for climate change. I have recently published several articles and a book showing the connections that exist between the use of fossil fuels today and of slaves in the past (more on this subject). I have also been involved since its beginning in Rescue! History, a group of historians and others in Humanities and related disciplines who seek to connect their diverse research to current realities of climate change. I also researched the history of environmentalism (see the recent witness seminar I co-organised in London) and of the protection of nature and the Environment in the United Kingdom and France, which will has resulted in several publications in journals and a co-edited book that will appear in 2013 on Protecting Nature and the Environment in France in the 19th and 20th centuries.

My new project on the Environmental History of Saint-Domingue / Haiti from Columbus to the present links together my past research (see below) and my long standing interests on colonial America, on humanitarian/international aid and development and environmental NGOs, on slavery and on the environment. This project shall occupy me until (at least) June 2014.

In the last five years I have researched the history of Non-Governmental Organisations in the history department of Birmingham University (UK). Two books of which I am co-author are forthcoming in 2012 as an outcome of this project (Oxford University Press and Palgrave) .
Prior to this, I studied at the European University Institute, a non-national European graduate school based in Florence, Italy, which admits research students from all other Europe and beyond.
My first book (based on my PhD), Les Acadiens réfugiés en France: l’Impossible réintégration (Québec, Septentrion, 2009; 2nd edition, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Sept. 2012) dealt with the reintegration of Acadian refugees (French settlers from Acadia / Nova Scotia) deported from America in 1755 and who, after some time in France, went on to migrate to Louisiana and form there the “Cajun” community (Cajun is an alteration of “(A)cadian”). You can read reviews, hear interviews about and generally get more information about that book on the dedicated website (in French and English).
You can contact me at : jxm2@georgetown.edu

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