Department of History and Philosophy

Whitney Barnes

Part-time Instructor of History

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4005
Phone: 470-578-6294


Whitney Abernathy Barnes is a 5th year PhD candidate in the department of history at Boston College. A historian of the French Atlantic world and North Africa, Barnes' dissertation, titled "Strings of Empire: Saint-Domingue, Algeria, and the Birth of Modern Islamic Fundamentalism: 1780-1848," focuses on the connections between race, religion, and the economy in the early decades of France's post-Revolutionary empires. Barnes' work ultimately argues that the birth of the modern "Islamic fundamentalist" coincided with the birth of modern capitalism in France's nineteenth-century North African colonies. She currently has a chapter under contract in Palgrave MacMillan's forthcoming work Freedom and Faith: The French Revolution and Religion in Global Perspective that will be published in October 2017.