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Matthew Woodbury

Doctoral Candidate in History

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI, 48109-1003

  • Fields of Study
    • 19th/20th C Europe
    • British & Imperial/Commonwealth History
    • Environmental History
  • About

    With a focus on European settler colonialism in the 19th and early
    20th century, my research examines the gap between the ideals and
    practices of imperialism and how moments of perceived crisis informed
    theories of governance.  A current project on the first decades of
    British rule in New Zealand draws together environmental,
    humanitarian, and New Imperial approaches to ask how the broad
    epistemic community interested in New Zealand’s “improvement” debated
    the potential of Maori, settler, and ecological factors.

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