Vincent Chabany-Douarre is a history PhD student at King’s College London, researching the logic of racial segregation. His project uses Los Angeles in the 1950s to argue that everyday suburban life educated white Americans into supporting segregation, through women’s clubs, chambers of commerce, and local celebrations.
He holds an MA and a BA in American studies from La Sorbonne, and read English at Lincoln College, Oxford. He previously wrote a column on culture and politics for The Isis, Oxford’s student publication, is a regular contributor of short fiction to various presses, and worked as a freelance junior researcher for The Connected Set.
He has a vested interest in television as a medium to retrieve and foreground dismissed histories of women, the queer community and people of color, and to illustrate, rather than flatten, the contradictions and ambivalences of the histories that shape our identities.