Madeline Woker

Scholar (History), US

Madeline Woker is a PhD candidate in history at Columbia University, New York. She has degrees from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics. In 2014, she received her MPhil in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge (with distinction). She writes about the history of taxation and inequality. Her article Edwin Seligman, initiator of global progressive public finance is forthcoming in the Journal of Global History.

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Empire of inequality: the politics of taxation in the French colonial empire, 1918-1939

The dissertation Empire of inequality: the politics of taxation in the French colonial empire, 1918-1939 examines the fiscal architecture of the French colonial empire and the politics of colonial tax reform during the interwar period. More particularly, it traces how colonial tax policies related to growing anxiety about the political, social, and moral consequences of financial inequality in the French colonial empire, notably Algeria, Indochina and West Africa.