Oliver Gloag was born in New York City and raised in France. As a young activist, he travelled to Nicaragua as part of a solidarity brigade, worked with families of victims of police brutality, campaigned against the expulsion of a Moroccan student (Jussieu Paris VII), and was a member of the committee for the liberation of Abraham Serfaty. As a lawyer in New Orleans, Oliver successfully represented asylum-seekers from Iraq and Congo DR, and was recognized for his work by then Mayor Marc Morial. As an academic, his work is at the intersection of history, literature and politics. His focus is on France’s fraught relationship to its colonial past and neocolonial present. He has written and spoken extensively on Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. His latest book is Albert Camus, a very short introduction, published by Oxford University Press.