I research and teach the global history of empires. I am interested in the political and legal history of colonisation; the imperial experiences of colonised peoples; and the dynamics of cross-cultural encounters -- these are all issues that have an impact upon contemporary problems. My current research reassesses the legal and political worlds in which European and non-European societies interacted and challenges recent evaluations of the history of international law. I am examining, more particularly, the ways in which diplomatic negotiations between European and non-European polities were a matrix for a hybrid law of nations.
- Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2015-2019
- 2014 UNSW Dean's Award for Best Monograph for Assimilation and Empire: Uniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954 (Oxford University Press)
- Visiting Professorship, Université Paris 8, April 2014
- 2013 New South Wales Premier's General History Prize for Assimilation and Empire: Uniformity in French and British Colonies, 1541-1954 (Oxford University Press)
- Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2011-2015.
- National and State Libraries Australasian Honorary Fellowship, 2011.
- US Studies Centre Research Grant, 2010.
- University of Sydney Bridging Fellowship, 2009.
- Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008.
- Georges Lurcy Fellowship, 1995.
- Lavoisier Program of Excellence Fellowship, 1994.
- Fulbright Fellowship, 1994.
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 2015-2019. Topic: The engagement of colonised peoples with empire (Algeria, 1830-1962)
Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council, 2011-2015. Topic: Indigenous land claims in historical context
Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2008. Topic: Assimilation and Empire
- colonial history
- history of treaty-making, European expansion, dispossession
- French History
- Native American history
- European history
- global history