Dr Madeline Woker

University Assistant Professor in the History of France and the Francophone World

I am a historian of modern France, French colonialism and taxation. My research interests lie at the intersection of the history of empires and colonialism, the history of economic life and political history. I am currently writing a book about the politics of taxation and inequality in the French colonial empire between 1900 and the 1950s. I also write for a larger audience about the history of international taxation and the afterlives of empire and colonialism.

I obtained my PhD from Columbia University in 2020. I also hold an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge and a dual MA degree in European affairs from LSE and Sciences Po. I previously taught at Columbia and Brown. 

For more information, please visit www.madelinewoker.com


Tags & Themes


“The cost of thrift: the meaning of ‘financial autonomy’ in the French colonial empire, 1900-1914” in Gurminder K. Bhambra and Julia McClure (Eds.) Imperial inequalities: the politics of economic governance across European empires (forthcoming with Manchester University Press, 2022)

“Edwin Seligman, initiator of global progressive public finance”, Journal of Global History, 13 (2018), pp 352-373