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Columbia University
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education, democracy, liberalism, citizenship, migration, Britain, British empire, modern Europe, 1914-1945, Britain since 1945, political history, intellectual history
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I am a historian of modern Britain and the British empire, researching the political history of liberal democracy, empire, citizenship, and education in the late British empire. My dissertation, “Democracy’s children: education, citizenship, and the totalitarian challenge to Britain and its empire, 1932-1951”, is an intellectual and political history of interwar educational thought, revealing how existential threats posed by totalitarian regimes caused liberals in Britain to reimagine education as a tool to produce democratic citizens in the metropole, on the continent, and in Britain’s former settler-colonies. My research explores the exclusion of imperial subjects of color from these blueprints for self-governance on the basis of race. I also research histories of child migration and child refugees to modern Britain.

My research is supported by the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, the North American Conference on British Studies, and the Institute of Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia.

I gained my B.A from the University of Oxford and my M.A. from Columbia, where I am now a PhD candidate. I am a first-generation student and founded the Oxford First-Generation Student Society in 2015.

Recent Publications
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Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Africa, Australia, British Isles, Germany, India, Middle East, New Zealand, North America, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Colonialism, Family, Government, Holocaust & Nazi Persecution, Migration & Immigration, Pedagogy, Politics, Race, Religion, World War I, World War II