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Dr Donal Hassett

Dr Donal Hassett

Dr Donal Hassett
BA(Dub.), M Phil(Dub.), PhD(EUI)

Lecturer in French Cultural History

Area of research

French Colonialism in the Maghreb after the Great War

Office 2.63, 19 Woodland Road
19 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 928 7760


French Colonialism, World War One, Colonial and Post-Colonial Maghreb, History of the War Veteran, Islam in Europe


Originally from Dublin, I hold a B.A. and M. Phil in European Studies from Trinity College, where I am also a Non-Foundation Scholar.

I completed my doctorate on the legacies of the Great War in Colonial Algeria at the European University Institute in Florence. I have lived and studied in France, Spain, Italy and Ireland and have also carried out research in Morocco and Algeria. 

My research focuses on the history of the French Empire and in particular, North Africa. I am also interested in the legacies of Empire in contemporary France and Britain, the history of Islam in Europe and the history of the First World War. 

Despite not having lived in Ireland for a number of years, I remain a committted supporter of the Dublin Gaelic football and hurling teams.



Consultation Hours: I am available to students on Tuesday from 10:00-12:00. I am also open to students contacting me by email and arranging meetings at mutually convenient times. My office is No 2.63 on the top floor of Villa 19, Woodland Road.


My undergraduate teaching includes courses on Islam, Muslims and France: A Multi-Layered History and A Political and Cultural History of France in the Great War. I also contribute to the second year unit on the Third Republic and first year core unit and Global French. I am convenor of our First Year history survey course, Shaping France.

At postgraduate level, I contribute to the course 'Theories of Visual Culture' for the MA in Comparitive Literatures and Cultures. I also convene and teach on the unit 'Theorising Violence: Colonial Encounters and Anticolonial Reactions'.

I teach French-English translation as part of the department's language teaching.


  • French Colonialism
  • Imperialism
  • World War One
  • Islam in Europe
  • Veteran Studies



Department of French

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