From the Colony to Ecology: Theory and Practice of The Jardin d’Essai (Algiers)

Faculty Member: Verena Conley



My project focuses on the Jardin d’Essai, a 150 acre colonial garden in the city of Algiers that is arguably one of the top ten gardens in the world. I argue that the Jardin d’Essai, begun as a colonial project, followed theories of adaptation. It has now come full circle as an ecological garden that insists on indigenous plants and ecological awareness in Algeria and the Mediterranean basin. While under colonization, ideas circulated from north to south, they now move in the other direction.

I started on the project as a fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2016-17). This year, I am working to clean up a rough draft and turn it into a publishable manuscript. I would like some help with completing the bibliography, that is, with locating articles in journals and newspapers, often around specific dates, such as, for example, the celebration of the centennial of the invasion. Finally, I would also like help locating pictures that I can use to accompany the text.

The student would ideally have a rudimentary knowledge of French. However, it is not a prerequisite as many articles are in English.



RA duties:

- completing bibliography - locating articles in journals/newspapers around specific dates
- locating pictures that can accompany the text 


Ideally rudimentary knowledge of French, but not a requirement. Must be a current Harvard College Undergraduate. 



Please email Prof Verena Conley ( with your resume.

This position is part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS) in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. If hired, students will participate in the IQSS URS program. Scholars must be current Harvard College undergraduates.

See also: Past Research