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James D. Le Sueur

James D. Le Sueur

Professor of History

Contact Information:

603 Oldfather Hall

Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
Phone: (402) 472-3494
Fax: (402) 472-8839
E-mail: email address

Joined the Department:

August 2001

I am a scholar interested in French colonial history and contemporary Algerian history. I have a special interest in intellectuals and the effect of terrorism and state violence on art, literature, and culture. I have just completed Algeria since 1989: Between Terrorism and Democracy (Zed Books 2010) and am writing another book on contemporary writers exile around the world. I am also making a documentary on exiled writers.


  • Colonialism and Decolonization
  • Modern France
  • Middle East
  • North Africa


University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Ph.D. Modern European History, March 1996
M.A. Modern European History, August 1990

University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
B.A. History, June 1986

Dr. Le Sueur is also a Senior Associate Member of the Middle East Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford.

Things to Read

  1. "Post-Colonial Time Disorder" in Foreign Affairs

  2. "A Radical Confrontation with Literature," in Chronicle of Higher Education

Things to Watch and Listen To

  1. Nasr Abu Zyad interviewed by James Dean Le Sueur, Leiden, The Netherlands, September 2009

  2. UNL Professor of History James Le Sueur Interviewed by University of South Carolina History Center

  3. UNL Professor of History James Le Sueur Featured in Article in Foreign Affairs

  4. UNL Professor James Le Sueur Interviewd on Illinois NPR. Jan. 26, 2011

Alexandra Fuller Interviewed by James Dean Le Sueur

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UNL Professor James Le Sueur Discusses Work with Exiled Writers

The Leonard Lopate Show Professor Le Sueur interviewed on WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show" about Algerian writer Mouloud Feraoun.


Le Sueur, James D. Algeria since 1989: Between Democracy and Terror. Zed Books, 2010.
Le Sueur, James D. Uncivil War: Intellectuals and Identity Politics during the Decolonization of Algeria, 2nd Edition. University of Nebraska Press, 2005.
Le Sueur, James D., ed. The Decolonization Reader. Routledge: London, 2003.

Book Chapters, Introductions, & Essays:

Le Sueur, James D. Introduction to The Decolonization Reader. Routledge: London, 2003.
Le Sueur, James D. Introduction to The Poor Man’s Son. University Press of Virginia, 2005.
Le Sueur, James D. Introduction to Assassination! July 14. University of Nebraska Press, 2001.
Le Sueur, James D. Introduction to The Question. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2006.

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