Woker, Madeline

Field: International and Global; Advisors: Pedersen/Saada; Year: 2014

Madeline Woker is a PhD candidate in history at Columbia University, New York. Her dissertation, ‘Empire of inequality: the politics of taxation in the French 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.

This year, she holds a Columbia GSAS International Travel Fellowship. She is also an Alliance Sciences Po scholar and has received grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Center for History and Economics (Harvard/Cambridge), the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Institute for African Studies, the and the Helen McArthur Foundation. 


Her article ‘Edwin Seligman, initiator of global progressive public finance’ is forthcoming in the Journal of Global History.


Madeline 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).


Madeline has worked as a public affairs officer in the satellite communications industry.