Dzavid Dzanic is a historian of modern Europe, with a focus on France and the French
Empire. He studies the intersection between imperialism, religion, law, and diplomacy.
His book manuscript, The Civilizing Sea: The Ideological Origins of the French Mediterranean Empire, examines the history of French imperial expansion in Egypt, Italy, and Algeria between
the 1789 Revolution and the beginning of the Third Republic in 1870. The Civilizing Sea represents the first attempt to locate the ideological origins of French imperialism
in the multiple Mediterranean entanglements between Catholic and Islamic ideas, consular
views on international law, and the Roman past. Dzavid has visited archives in France,
Italy, Spain, Croatia, Montenegro, and the United Kingdom. His research has been supported
by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Krupp Foundation,
and the History Department at Harvard University.
He has taught courses on modern world history; early world history; modern France,
Europe, and the Middle East; as well as historical methods and historiography.