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Matthew Birchall

Matthew Birchall
Jesus College
Jesus Lane

Cambridge CB5 8BL


I have just begun my PhD studies as a Smuts Scholar under the supervision of Dr Duncan Bell. My research concerns Britain's justification for the appropriation of land and sovereignty in colonial Australasia, with a particular focus on company colonisation. More broadly, I am interested in the intersection between empire and the history of political thought and the cultural history of the British Empire during the nineteenth century.   

Prior to starting my doctorate, I served as the Editor for Learnerbly, an education technology platform launched by Rajeeb Dey. I hold an MPhil in Political Thought & Intellectual History from Cambridge and an MA(Hons) in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St Andrews.


  • International History
  • Imperial History