Matthew Woodbury

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Graduate Student Research Fellow, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies
Ph.D. Candidate, History

  • About

    Matthew Woodbury is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Michigan. His research specialization is in nineteenth-century European empires with a particular interest in the humanitarian and environmental aspects of settler colonialism. Matt's dissertation examines the creation and administration of reserves intended to benefit New Zealand's indigenous Maori between 1840 and 1872. This case study shows how theories of economic and demographic progress, ideas of racial and environmental change, and perceptions of the role and responsibility of government, interacted to shape how the colonial state endeavored to "protect" the indigenous peoples of New Zealand.

    Support from the Eisenberg Institute will help fund Matt's final major research trip to British archives. Based in London, he will spend the summer consulting material at the British Library, National Archives, and other UK academic and research institutions.

  • Education
    • BA, History, Stanford University, 2007
    • MA, German Studies, Stanford University, 2007
    • MSt, History, University of Oxford, 2008