— Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences, Honours (Class I) in History, University of Sydney
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I completed my Bachelor of Economic and Social Scienes degree at University of Sydney in 2007. My honours thesis was a social history of the great mutiny in the British Royal Navy in 1797.
Before I began my PhD in History at UT Austin, I worked as a higher education policy officer in the Australian Government, and travelled extensively in Asia and Central and South America.
My research interests are focused on Spain's global empire with an emphasis on the Pacific world. My dissertation investigates the nature of loyalty to Spain in Manila between 1750 and 1830. I am interested in why Manileños chose loyalty to Spain over autonomy and independence at a time when colonial polities across the Americas severed imperial ties.