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Matthew Birchall

Matthew Birchall
Jesus College
Jesus Lane

Cambridge CB5 8BL


I am a Smuts Scholar at Jesus College, where I am working towards a PhD in History under the supervision of Dr. Duncan Bell. My research concerns the suite of British colonisation companies that flourished in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars, among them the Canada Company, the South Australian Company and the New Zealand Company. I am particularly interested in assessing these companies in light of the global history of capitalism.

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.

Other Professional Activities

Member, Pacific History Association


  • International History
  • Economic, Social History
  • Imperial History
  • Modern British History