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Dr Karina Bénazech Wendling

Agrégée English Teacher

Assistant Lecturer at Sorbonne Université.

PhD in History and Anthropology of Religions from PSL, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE-PSL) and the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL) – CNRS

The dissertation was supervised by Patrick Cabanel, Directeur d’Études, EPHE-PSL and Prof. Peter Gray, Queen’s University Belfast.


Research fields

History of ideas in the transatlantic world

Ireland and Haiti

Religion and politics.

History and Sociology of Religion.

History of Protestant missions in the transatlantic world during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Finnish Jews and Finnish independance



Protestant Political Thought, CIRIS Cambridge (editorial committee of 2020 conference).


History and English studies.

US History (18th-19th century).

British and Irish history.

English language and translation.

History and cinema.


Four peer-reviewed articles and an editorial; one book chapter.

Two more peer-reviewed articles to come in 2023.


A historian of religions, I hold a PhD after having taught English as an Agrégée teacher. I am currently undertaking postdoctoral research at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes on “Emancipation and Education in Haiti and Ireland: Circulations of Ideas and Struggles for Influence in the Transatlantic World at the Turn of the 18th and 19th Centuries“.

I have been awarded several grants and scholarships, such as a fellowhip from the Région Ile-de-France, a Past and Present grant from the Royal Historical Society, a grant from the SOFEIR (Société Française d’Études Irlandaises), as well as a Maddock Research Fellowship from the Marsh’s Library.

My research focuses on the interactions between education, charity, religious conversion and national identity. More broadly, my projects investigate the relationship between religion, politics and colonialism in Europe and the transatlantic world.


If you would like to get in touch, or if you have questions regarding my research projects, please contact me.

A glimpse at my PhD journey.

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