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Aurélie received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2008. She also holds a licence ès lettres (joint B.A./M.A.) in history and art history from the University of Lausanne and an M.A. in international relations from Stanford University. She is currently a visiting lecturer in the Department of International History at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She has published in such journals as Cold War History, Journal of Global History, and Journal of Contemporary History. Her first book (Building a European Identity: France, the United States, and the Oil Shock ) was published by Berghahn Books in 2012. She is currently conducting a research project on the history of international heritage cooperation from the 1960s to the 1990s, with an emphasis on transnational expert networks, the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, and the tension between universalism and context-specific political/cultural agendas.



Selected Publications (last updated December 2015)


Re-conceptualizing Heritage: The UNESCO World Heritage Convention, 1972–1994, in preparation.

Building a European Identity: France, the United States, and the Oil Shock, 1973–74, New York, Berghahn Books, 2012. 

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Reviewed by Christopher R. W. Dietrich for H-Diplo
Reviewed by Ine Megens for Diplomacy & Statecraft
Reviewed by Fiona Venn for The American Historical Review
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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

"The Authenticity of Heritage: Global Norm-Making at the Crossroads of Cultures" (under review).

"Scaling the Local: Canada’s Rideau Canal and Shifting World Heritage Norms." Journal of World History (accepted). With Jaci Eisenberg.

"Anthropologizing and Indigenizing Heritage: The Origins of the UNESCO Global Strategy for a Representative, Balanced and Credible World Heritage List," Journal of Social Archaeology 15, no. 3 (2015): 366-386.

"Champion of Human Rights: The European Parliament and the Helsinki Process," Journal of Contemporary History 49, no. 2 (2014): 390-409.

"Negotiating the Meaning of Global Heritage: ‘Cultural Landscapes’ in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, 1972–1992," Journal of Global History 8, no. 3 (2013): 483-503.

"Réinventer l'institution parlementaire européenne : Simone Veil et les premiers élus au suffrage universel direct," Cultures & Conflits, no. 85/86 (2012): 81-98.

"Introduction: Democratizing Europe, Reaching out to the Citizen?" Journal of European Integration History 17, no. 1 (2011): 5-12 (with Wilfried Loth and Matthias Schulz).

"Une militante du parlementarisme européen : Simone Veil," Journal of European Integration History, 17, no. 1 (2011): 61-72.

"A European Voice in the Arab World? France, the Superpowers and the Middle East, 1970–1974," Cold War History 11, no. 4 (2011): 659-676. Reviewed by David Styan for H-Diplo

"Imagining European Identity: French Elites and the American Challenge in the Pompidou-Nixon Era," Contemporary European History 19, no. 2 (2010): 133-49. Reviewed by Michael Sutton for H-Diplo

Book Chapters

"UNESCO and the Shaping of Global Heritage." In Making a Difference: Seventy Years of UNESCO Actions, edited by Poul Duedahl. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, in press.

"Preserving Cultural Heritage across the Iron Curtain: The International Council on Monuments and Sites from Venice to Warsaw, 1964–1978." In Geteilt – Vereint! Denkmalpflege in Mitteleuropa zur Zeit des Eisernen Vorhangs und heute, edited by Ursula Schädler-Saub and Angela Weyer. Hildesheim and Munich: Schriften des Hornemann Instituts / ICOMOS – Hefte des Deutschen Nationalkommitees, in press.

Working Papers

"Culture at the Crossroad of International Politics: UNESCO, World Heritage, and the Holy Land." In Papiers d'actualité / Current Affairs in Perspective: Fondation Pierre du Bois no. 3 (2013): 1-11.


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