Alice Béja is Associate Professor of American Studies at the Lille Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Lille) and a researcher at CERAPS-CNRS. Her research focuses on the US left at the turn of the 20th century; she has worked on the relationship of intellectuals with the US Communist Party in the 1920s and 1930s, on proletarian literature and on the construction of anarchism as an un-American ideology from 1880 to 1920, through the life and writings of Emma Goldman. She is a Fellow in Residence at the Oxford Rothermere American Insitute. Her current research project, “Cooking Up a Revolution; Radical Women, Cooking and Food at the Turn of the 20th century,” seeks to analyze food riots in the early 20th century as sites of intersecting political struggles (suffragism, unionism, socialism). At the crossroads of intellectual history, women's history and the history of social movements, this project focuses on how food became a gateway to politics for marginalized groups such as immigrant housewives and on how the symbolism of certain food items (meat, for instance) revealed a reframing of the economic and political expectations of the working classes during the Progressive era, strengthening the weight of consumers in the political arena and the role of women in advocating for bread and butter issues.
- Des mots pour se battre. John Dos Passos, la littérature et la politique, Honoré Champion, 2015.
Edited journal issues
- Politique américaine, “The Politics of Food in the United States” (to be published in November 2022).
- Transatlantica, Journal of American Studies, “Left-wing radicalism in the United States: a foreign creed?” (2; 2021, December 2021).
- « Emma Goldman », in J.-N. Ducange, S. Roza et R. Keucheyan (ed.), Histoire globale des socialismes, Paris,
Presses Universitaires de France, 2021.
- « ‘Dreaming (Un)American Dreams’; Anarchists and the Struggle to Define Americanism »,
Journal for the Study of Radicalism, vol. 13, n°1 (2019), p.1-18.
- « Les hobos américains, au croisement des écritures », Sociologie et sociétés, vol. 48, n° 2, 2016, p. 77-94.
- Grace Lumpkin. Notre règne arrivera (To Make My Bread, 1932). Les Editions Aux forges de Vulcain, 2012.
- John Dos Passos. Devant la chaise électrique (Facing the chair, 1927), Gallimard, 2009.