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Annalise Higgins

Annalise Higgins

PhD Candidate

Trinity College
Trinity Street
Cambridge CB2 1TQ


I am a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College), working under the supervision of Dr Renaud Morieux.

My current research, supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, investigates international treatments of interoceanic canals between c.1830 and 1977. I am interested in the ways in which states, their diplomats, and international lawyers sought to address the range of international questions, based on the combination of geographic accident and human willingness to intervene in the physical environment, that were posed by the act of imagining and cutting interoceanic canals.

I hold a BA, BA(Hons) and MA(Hons) from the University of Auckland. My previous research has focused on public petitioning movements in Britain in response to the proposal for the 1899 Hague Peace Conference.

Research Interests

Interoceanic canals; International history; International legal history; Globalisation; Nineteenth century history; Environmental history; Diplomatic history; History of neutrality; History of petitioning; Digital history. 

Other Professional Activities

Prize Research Student, Joint Centre for History and Economics (2016-2017).


  • International History

Key Publications

Maartje Abbenhuis, Christopher Barber, and Annalise R. Higgins, eds, War, Peace and International Order? The Legacies of The Hague Conferences of 1899 and 1907 (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017). 

Other Publications

Annalise R. Higgins, 'The idea of neutrality in British newspapers at the turn of the twentieth century, c.1898-1902', New Zealand Journal of Research on Europe, 11 (2017), 2-51.