Luke Sebastian Scalone is the Chargé des Programmes at the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT) as well as a Ph.D. Candidate in World History at Northeastern University.

At CEMAT, he has organized numerous conferences and events, including the 2022 AIMS Conference on Libyan Arts and Humanities, the 2023 AIMS Conference, “Remade by War: New Perspectives on Postwar North Africa,” lectures and workshops on subjects relating to Tunisian history and society, podcasts with Maghrib in Past and Present | Podcasts, and reading discussion groups. Additionally, he manages a project on the cultural history of tourism in Tunisia, writes the CEMAT newsletter, and is the point-person for all research fellows affiliated with CEMAT.

Although he was originally trained as a French colonial historian, he is also a historian of North Africa and his dissertation, entitled Forging Vichy Tunisia: Empire, Nationalism, and Fascism in the Central Mediterranean, 1930-1943 analyzes the relationship between the French Protectorate administration and extreme-right French and Italian settler movements.

He is also the Network Editor for H-French-Colonial and sits on the editorial board for the World History Bulletin. In the past, he was also the Graduate Assistant for the World History Association and hastaught courses at both Northeastern University and Boston College.


Associate of Arts, Joliet Junior College, 2014

Bachelor of Arts, Butler University, History, 2016

Master of Arts, Northeastern University, World History, 2018

Doctor of Philosophy, Northeastern University, World History (in Progress)

Other Publications

Book Reviews

Abdelmajid Hannoum, The Invention of the Maghreb: Between Africa and the Middle East (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2021), World History Connected 20, no. 2 (2023).

Judith Surkis, Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830-1930 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019), H-Empire (2021).

Blog Posts


    Dissertation: Forging Vichy Tunisia: Empire, Nationalism, and Fascism in the Central Mediterranean, 1930-43

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Transnational Networks of Fascism and Anti-Fascism in French North Africa,” Department of French and Italian, University of Texas-Austin (March 2024)


    American Historical Association

    American Institute of Maghrib Studies

    French Colonial Historical Society

    Society for French Historical Studies

    World History Association

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