Arab Dependency Theory and Agronomic Thought (Post-doctoral research project)
This project examines the intellectual history of heterodox agronomic, ecological, and economic thought, as it blossomed in North Africa in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Alone in the region, the “dependencia” school of Latin American political economy, co-discovered by the Egyptian economist Samir Amin, fused with a creative “peasantist” turn in the world of agronomic research. A number of investigators thus creatively fused questions of economic oppression between the richer and poorer countries with a resolution to such developmental quandaries through a return to the peasant and the rich technological bequest of thousands of years of sustainable living on the land.
A People's Green New Deal (Book, forthcoming 2021)
This book provides an overview of the various mainstream Green New Deals. Critically engaging with their proponents, ideological underpinnings and limitations, it goes on to sketch out a radical alternative: a 'People's Green New Deal' committed to degrowth, anti-imperialism and agro-ecology. It diagnoses the roots of the current socio-ecological crisis as emerging from a world-system dominated by the logics of capitalism and imperialism. Resolving this crisis, the book argues, requires nothing less than an infrastructural and agricultural transformation in the Global North, and the industrial convergence between North and South.
Tunisia's Unknown Revolution: The North African Peasant War (Book project, under revision)
This book project, drawing on seven years of archival research in Tunisia, France, England, and the United States, reinterprets the origins of the Tunisian national liberation movement, divergences within nationalist thought and struggle during decolonization, and the political economy of decolonization. It highlights the role of the Youssefites, an armed cross-border insurrection of smallholders, deracinated peasants, and pastoralists, in the Tunisian struggle for survival, dignity, and liberation. Tunisia’s Unknown Revolution tells for the first time in English the story of that fight for freedom. The book roots that struggle in a process of settler- and colonial-capitalism which weighed down on poor people across the sweep of the Arab region. Over 15 years, from 1942-1956, it shows how one after another popular revolt and state-based decolonization were the warp and weft of the fabric of an Arab liberation sequence, into which Tunisia was tightly woven. It shows how Tunisian efforts to decolonize spilled entirely over the borders of the Tunisian colony, while at the same time resting on previous national decolonizations to advance the Tunisian cause. In showing how the Tunisian Arab national struggle was not a movement, but a movement of movements, it unbundles national liberation into a severely contested struggle for the future of Tunisia, with implications for how we understand the economic and social content of decolonization itself.