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R.M. Johnston-White, PhD

Assistant Professor
R.M. Johnston-White, PhD

Rachel Johnston-White is an Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen. She holds a PhD in History from Yale University (2017), an MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge (2011), and a BA in History & French Studies with High Honors from Emory University (2010). Prior to coming to Groningen, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Vienna School of International Studies from 2017 to 2019. She has been a fellow at the IWM (Institute for Human Sciences) in Vienna, as well as a Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po, Paris; the University of Glasgow; and Aberystwyth University. 

She is currently completing the manuscript for her book project, "Christianity in Conflict: Resistance and Human Rights in France." The project explores how left-wing or dissident Christians in 20th-century France understood their relationship to the state and their obligation of obedience as citizens. It argues that the politicization of conscience offered a challenge to the postwar European human rights consensus, in which state sovereignty remained relatively unchecked, especially in the colonial sphere. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Contemporary History.( 

She is also at work on a second book project, which looks at how anti-colonialism and Christian “Third-Worldism” shaped relations between Christians and Jews within and beyond France. 

Last modified:01 March 2020 8.35 p.m.

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Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands