Areas of Expertise
Modern Middle East and North Africa, modern France, colonialism, empire, migration, World War I
The Graduate Center, City University of New York - New York, NY
Ph.D., History, 2018
Middlebury College - Middlebury, VT
B.A., History, 2008
Chris J. Rominger specializes in modern North Africa and the Mediterranean. He offers courses on the Middle East and North Africa, modern France and its empire, gender, migration, and identity. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Rominger received his PhD in History (2018) from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and his BA in History from Middlebury College (2008). He previously worked in nonprofit development with the Arab American Association of New York.
Rominger's article "Nursing Transgressions, Exploring Difference: North Africans in French Medical Spaces during World War I" was published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies in November 2018. He is currently working on a book on mobility and political change in early twentieth century North Africa. In particular, his research follows the trajectory of the enigmatic Jewish Tunisian photographer Albert Samama-Chikly through the Italo-Ottoman War (1911-112) and the First World War (1914-18).
2019 Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association (AHA)
2017–18 Dissertation Year Award, The Graduate Center, CUNY
2016–17 American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) Research Grant
2017 Travel Grant, Volkswagen Stiftung – Herrenhausen Symposium, Hanover, Germany
2016 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship, Embassy of Switzerland in the United States
2015-16 Jeanne Marandon Fellowship, Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA)
2016 Center for Jewish Studies Summer Research Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY
2014 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar: “World War I in the Middle East and North Africa,” Georgetown University
- American Historical Association (AHA)
- American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)
- French Colonial Historical Society (FCHS)
- Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
- Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS)
Publications & Presentations
“Nursing Transgressions, Exploring Difference: North Africans in French Medical Spaces during World War I,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 50:4 (November 2018), 691-713.
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
“Migration and the Long First World War in Tunisia,” in The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, Continuities and Memories, edited by Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Heike Liebau, and Anorthe Wetzel (Chicago and Frankfurt: University of Chicago Press and Campus Verlag, 2018).
“Paths Not Taken: Mukhtar al-Ayari and Alternative Voices in Post-War Tunisia,” in Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War One, edited by Gearóid Barry, Enrico Dal Lago, and Róisín Healy, 245-262 (Leiden: Brill, 2016).
Review essay: “New Perspectives on Communal Memory, Intergenerational Identity, and the Algerian War in Contemporary France,” Arab Studies Journal 16:1 (Spring 2018), 180-87.
Review of Women, Gender, and the Palace Households in Ottoman Tunisia by Amy Aisen Kallander, International Journal of Middle East Studies 47:4 (November 2015), 824-826.
Conference Panels Organized and Chaired
“Social and Cultural Formations in Colonial North Africa,” panel chair, MESA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 14–17.
“Identity in Modern Africa,” Florida Conference of Historians Annual Meeting, Sarasota, FL, February 22–23.
“(Trans)nationalisms and the Left in the Greater Maghrib, 1910–1970,” Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 18–21, 2017. Sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies.
Invited Lectures and Seminars
“Ambiguous Encounters: North African Soldiers and French Nurses during the First World War,” invited lecture at Seattle University History Department, Seattle, WA, May 30, 2018.
“Imagined Places and Fragmented Spaces: Tunisian Migration during the First World War,” seminar: “The New Middle East: The First World War 100 Years Later,” Georgetown University, April 7, 2016.
Conference Papers Presented
“Constructing and Debating the ‘Jewish Question’ in Tunisia, 1914-1925,” MESA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 14–17, 2019.
“The Limits of Francophone Cosmopolitanism: A Tunisian Photographer and the First World War,” Florida Conference of Historians Annual Meeting, Sarasota, FL, February 22–23, 2019.
“Alternative Itineraries of Empire, Through the Lens of Albert Samama-Chikly, 1897–1934,” French Colonial Historical Society annual meeting, Seattle, WA, May 31–June 2, 2018.
“‘Radical’ Communists, ‘Moderate’ Socialists, and the Trans-Mediterranean Left in Post-WWI Tunisia,” Middle East Studies Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 18–21, 2017.
“Tunisians at Home and Abroad across the Long First World War,” Herrenhausen Symposium: “The Long End of the First World War,” Hanover, Germany, May 8–10, 2017.
“Neutral Space for Thought and Action: North African Exiles in Switzerland, 1914–1919,” Middle East and North African Migration Studies Conference, North Carolina State University, April 21–22, 2017.
“A Community of Emotions and Hopes: Tunisian Anti-Colonial Exiles in Neutral Switzerland, 1914–1919,” Midwest World History Association conference, St. Paul, MN, September 23–24, 2016.
“Intercommunal Relations in First World War Tunisia,” symposium: “Jazīrat al-Maghrib: North Africa as an Island,” Princeton University, April 2, 2016.
“Tunisian Jews and the First World War: Uncertainty, Opportunity, and Mobility,” Society for French Historical Studies annual conference, Nashville, TN, March 3–5, 2016.
“A Rude Illiterate: Mukhtar al-Ayari, Uncertainty, and Possibility in Tunisia’s Postwar Moment,” French Colonial Historical Society annual meeting, Binghamton, NY, May 7–9, 2015.
“Containing Contagion, Correcting Vicious Attitudes: Film, Education, and Rehabilitation in French Muslim Hospitals during the First World War,” conference: “Bodies in Motion: Middle East Migrations,” North Carolina State University, March 20–21, 2015.
“Tunisian Veterans and Political Possibilities in a Post-War Moment,” conference: “Legacy of WWI,” Chestnut Hill College, November 14–15, 2014.
“From Tirailleurs to Tramways: Mukhtar al-Ayari and Radical Voices in Post-War Tunisia,” international conference: “Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in WWI,” National University of Ireland–Galway, June 13–14, 2014.