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Alex Martinborough


I am interested in the legal, intellectual, and cultural histories of colonialism in Canada and the British Empire more broadly. Working under the supervision of Jeffrey McNairn, my dissertation explores the spread of locally drafted written constitutions in British settler colonies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It uses local experiences of constitution-writing to explore how global and imperial dynamics and processes shaped and were shaped by locales around the British Empire. It focuses on the movement of news and ideas and how people in various British colonies thought about their futures in connected and comparative terms.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.