The Reform of the British Civil Service: The Treasury, c. 1847-1914
Supervisor: Professor Christina de Bellaigue
My DPhil research currently focuses on the reform of the British civil service: The Treasury, c. 1847-1914. My thesis is structured around four thematic chapters: 1) Appointments; 2) Promotions and honours; 3) Superannuation; 4) Politics and administration. I seek to answer the following questions: Under what conditions did the prevailing consent on patronage disappear and a transition towards more professional forms of social organization and civil administration got underway? What specific changes were undertaken in the mid-nineteenth century onwards, why these and why were they presented in a particular way? Who pressed for these reforms? More broadly, I am also interested in aristocracy, administration, political reforms and party politics in nineteenth-century Europe.
My second scholarly interest deals with the political history of Colombia from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. I have explored the armies' involvement in politics, political communications and local politics. I have published in academic journals such as Latin American Research Review and Historia Crítica.
I am proud and fortunate to have been educated by historians of Spanish America such as Malcolm Deas, Antonio Annino, María Teresa Calderón, Eduardo Posada-Carbó and Renán Silva.