Dr Laure Humbert

Lecturer in Modern History

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I studied for two years in a preparatory class in Strasbourg – The Hypokhâgne and Khâgne – which prepares candidates for the entry exams to the French ‘Grandes Ecoles’ – and then moved to the University of Nancy (France). After my MA, I have had the valuable opportunity to work as full-time research assistant at the University of the South Wales on a Leverhulme funded project entitled ‘Outcast Europe’ and supervised by Sharif Gemie. This research, on the experiences of refugees in the era of the Second World War, laid the groundwork for my decision to specialise in histories of humanitarianism, displacement and international organisations. After the completion of this project, I went to the University of Exeter to pursue my AHRC-funded PhD carried out under the supervision of  Martin Thomas and Richard Overy and awarded in February 2014. Since completing my PhD, I taught at the University of Exeter. I was delighted to join the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Modern History in September 2015. 

My research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Royal Historical Society and the Society for the Study of French History. In 2014, I won the British International History Group thesis prize.

My first single authored monograph Reinventing French Aid: The Politics of Humanitarian Relief in French-Occupied Germany, 1945-1952 was published by Cambridge University Press (2021).

In 2020, I was delighted to be awarded a two year AHRC early career research grant for a project entitled 'Colonial and Transnational Intimacies: Medical Humanitarianism in the French external Resistance'. Bertrand Taithe (HCRI, University of Manchester) and Marie-Luce Desgrandchamps (University of Geneva) are Co-Investigators on this project.

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