Mediterranean Transit and the Emigrant Trade c.1860-1914
Supervisor: John Darwin
My thesis looks at emigration flows in the Mediterranean in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It follows the development of the illicit emigrant trade across the region and discusses how it influenced the way migration was policed and governed locally, nationally and internationally. In doing so it brings together an interest in the politics of immigration and emigration control with interest in Mediterranean geopolitics, in the development of new transport systems and the modernization of port cities, the spread of disease epidemics, urban crime and familial control. More generally it seeks to understand how migration controls developed and spread in the modern period as an aspect of global capitalism, rather than imperial expansion and settler politics or nation-building.
I am also part of a research project on the Global History of Capitalism at Brasenose College, Oxford. It is run by Professors Chris McKenna and Rowena Olegario in collaboration with the Centre for Global History. It aims to foster academic interest in the history of capitalism by running events and contributing research on the topic, including a new textbook for undergraduates. I am also one of the conveners of the Transnational and Global History seminar, a graduate-led seminar series sponsored by the Sudbury Fund.