Jessica Pearson-Patel is a historian of France and an Assistant Professor of European Studies. Her research interests include the French empire, international organizations, and public health and development. She is currently working on a book project entitled The Colonial Politics of Global Public Health: France and the United Nations in Postwar Africa. This book looks at the role that international health organizations played in France’s African empire after the Second World War and the conflict between French colonial authorities and the United Nations. Her archival research has taken her to France, the United Kingdom, and Senegal. At OU, Professor Pearson-Patel teaches courses on race and immigration, decolonization, and women and gender in contemporary Europe.
Professor Pearson-Patel holds a B.A. in French Literature and History from Kalamazoo College. She received her Ph.D. in French Studies and History from New York University in 2013 and was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Tulane University from 2013-2014.