Amelia Lyons

Amelia Lyons, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine (2004)

Research Interests

Modern Europe, French and French Colonial History, Decolonization, Women's History, Gender Studies

Recent Research Activities

Dr. Lyons' research focuses on the origins of Algerian migration to France at the height of decolonization, i.e. during the War for Algerian Independence (1954-1962). Her book, The Civilizing Mission in the Metropole: Algerian Families and the French Welfare State (SUP, 2013), examines the history of Algerian family settlement and the development of government sponsored social welfare for Algerians and other immigrant communities in France. She has just begun a research project studying the Constantine Plan for Algeria (1958), and the development of social programs at the height of the Algerian war.  In particular, she is interested in examining the Service des centres sociaux, established by antrhopologist Germaine Tillion.

Selected Publications



  • “French or Foreign? The Algerian Migrants’ Status at the End of Empire (1962-1968),” Journal of Modern European History, vol. 12, no. 1 (2014), 126-144.
  • “Genre et décolonisation: le cas du Service social familial Nord-Africain,” in Politique et administration du genre en migration Mondes atlantiques, XIXe-XXe siècles, ed. Philippe Rygiel, collection histoires contemporaines (Paris: Editions Publibook Université, 2011), 137-155
  • “Social welfare, French Muslims and decolonization in France: the case of the Fonds d'action sociale,” Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 43, no. 1 (February 2009), 65-89.
  • "Des bidonvilles aux HLM: Le logement des familles algériennes en France avant l'indépendance de l'Algérie," Hommes et Migrations, no. 1264 (November-December 2006) 35-49.
  • "The Civilizing Mission in the Metropole: Algerian Immigrants in France and the Politics of Adaptation during Decolonization," Geschichte und Gesellchaft, 23 (2006) 489-516.


  • Fulbright Grant, France 2000-2001
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois, 2005-2006


No courses found for Spring 2023.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
92924 EUH5459 Colloq in French History Face to Face (P) Th 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
80376 HIS4150 History and Historians Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Unavailable
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2022.

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No courses found for Fall 2021.

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Updated: Dec 6, 2018