Chloë Mayoux

PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of International History

Room No
Office Hours
Thursday, 1pm to 2pm
Arabic, English, French, Spanish
Key Expertise
Politics of Decolonisation, Nuclear Power and Diplomacy

About me

Chloë is currently under the supervision of Professor Matthew Jones and Professor Piers Ludlow. She holds a BA in European Studies from King's College London and a Certificate in International Affairs and Strategy from Sciences Po Paris. She graduated from St Antony's College, University of Oxford, with a Master's degree in Global and Imperial History.

Provisional thesis title:

A Place in the World: Negotiating Nuclear Power During African Decolonisation (1958-1963)

My research looks into the relationship between nuclear power and African decolonisation.

It explores how Nigeria, Britain, Algeria, France (and the French Community) thought and spoke about nuclear power, and how they interacted with it during the transition from colonial rule to independence. In doing so, the thesis charts changing power dynamics between actors. It examines the effect of nuclear power on their political projects, and, conversely, the effect of decolonisation on nuclear projects.

Methodologically, my research combines global and diplomatic history to emphasise criss-crossing between France, Britain, Algeria and Nigeria. Overall, this approach gives us a better sense of how, beyond strict East-West or North-South logics, nuclear power fed into the diplomatic tactics of the end of empire, into regional and domestic postcolonial politics, and into the requirements of mid-20th century industrial development.

Expertise Details

Global and Imperial History; Diplomatic History; Nuclear History; Oral History; Decolonisation


Chlöe teaches the following course at undergraduate level:

HY113 - From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century

Conference presentations and talks

  • "Memories of nuclear testing in the Algerian Sahara", Veteran Politics and Memory: A Global History, University of Warwick, UK, April 2020


  • Algerian Studies Master's Prize 2020 (Society for Algerian Studies and LSE Middle East Centre), joint Second prize, "'French Nuclear Testing in the Algerian Sahara (1960-1966): From Colonial to Nuclear Empire?"
  • PhD Studentship, LSE, 2020-2024
  • STAR Grant, St Antony's College Oxford, 2019
  • Antonian Fund, St Antony's College Oxford, 2020
  • LAHP Doctoral Training Programme for Advanced Arabic, 2021-22