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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.

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PhD Candidates Alex Martinborough, Amelia Rosch, and Joe Borsato Awarded for their Presentations at the 2023 Northeast Conference of British Studies

PhD candidates Alex Martinborough and Amelia Rosch have each received the David Underdown Prize for the best graduate student paper delivered at the 2023 Northeast Conference on British Studies, and PhD candidate Joe Borsato was awarded an honorable mention. 

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