Ayelet J. Marron is a doctoral student specializing in the history of the U.S. military empire. Her dissertation focuses on the American occupation of French North Africa in the Second World War. She explores how American discourses of freedom were shaped at the grass roots by economic and gendered norms of occupation, in the daily encounters of US servicemen and servicewomen with French and Maghrebi locals. Ayelet earned her M.A. and B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University in Israel. She has presented her work at Ben Gurion University, Rutgers University, and Vanderbilt University. Ayelet’s research has been supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign History (SHAFR) and by the Center for the Study of the United States at Tel Aviv University in Partnership with the Fulbright Program.