M’hamed Oualdi is a historian of Early Modern and Modern North Africa or Maghrib at Princeton. Oualdi received his training in Arabic (BA) at Inalco-Paris and pursued an education in history at the Sorbonne University (Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne) from which he obtained his Ph.D. in 2008. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at European University Institute-Florence during the academic year 2009-2010. Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton, Oualdi was assistant professor of North African history at the French Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Inalco-Paris, 2010-2013). His research has centered on two main topics: on slavery and its social impacts on Ottoman Tunisia and on the many effects of transitioning from the Ottoman rule to a French colonial domination in North African societies.