Dr Meghan Tinsley received her PhD from Boston University in 2018. She also holds an MSc in Race, Ethnicity, and Postcolonial Studies from the London School of Economics (2010) and a BA in International Relations and French from Wellesley College (2007). Her research concerns the consolidation of nations through racialised state violence. Her work has been published in Current Sociology, Postcolonial Studies, and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism.
Her current project, entitled 'We Will Re-Member Them': Muslims in the British and French World War I Centenary, examines how a century-old conflict widely perceived as a European civil war remains a catalyst for constructing collective identity in two post-imperial, multicultural nations. She argues that the dominant narrative of Muslim colonial subjects at war writes the nation’s own idea of its contemporary self onto the past. In this narrative, empire is rewritten as multiculturalism, and colonial soldiers establish the conditions under which contemporary Muslims might belong to the nation.
Her next project, Race and Police Violence: Causality in Global and Individual Perspective, examines the relationship between global processes of racialisation and state violence against black civilians. She will analyse how individual police killings of black civilians in the U.S. and UK have been represented in police reports, popular media, and social movements, and will compare these to the discourses on police killings in Brazil and South Africa. Her approach to data analysis will be both individual and global: rather than aggregating data on police killings, she will analyse a smaller sample of individual killings in detail. Yet through a critical analysis of the discourse surrounding them, she will also make sense of these individual killings as consequences of, and contributions to, global white supremacy.