Research Associates

Current Research Associates

Dr Andrea Brazzoduro 
Dr Brazzoduro is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow in the Faculty of History and a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford. Before moving to Oxford, he held fellowships at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (Aix-en-Provence), and the Centre d’Histoire Sociale du XXe Siècle (Paris). His current research aims to frame a transnational history of the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962), going beyond both the (opposing) French and Algerian (national) narratives, to resituate the war in its Mediterranean, European, and eventually its global contexts. A fuller understanding of the war requires a marriage of both global and local scales of analysis, paying attention simultaneously to the global connections and significance of the Algerian revolution and France’s Cold War counter-insurgency, on the one hand, and to the complex, often very divisive, local experience of the war for Algerian men, women, and children, on the other. Inseparable from such rewriting is critical attention to the construction and voicing of individual, familial, and local memories and memorialisations (and the concomitant forgetting, or silences) of the war, and its key role in social memory in Algeria and France since 1962. 

Dr Kevin W Fogg
Kevin W. Fogg is a Research Associate at the Centre for Global History in the History Faculty, as well as the Islamic Centre Lecturer in the History Faculty and the Al-Bukhari Fellow in the History of Islam in Southeast Asia at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. His primary research is centered on Indonesia, where he looks at the development of the Islamic community and the idea of the Indonesian state across the twentieth century. Looking more broadly, he has researched intellectual connections across the Islamic world, diplomatic relationships between Muslim countries, and comparative experiences of language reform. Look for his forthcoming monograph, Indonesia’s Islamic Revolution, or for his articles in coming issues of the journals Studia Islamika and Indonesia.

Dr Jaclyn Granick
Jaclyn Granick completed her PhD in international history at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland in 2015. She read Social Studies at Harvard as an undergraduate, and went to Geneva as a master’s student in history on a Fulbright Scholarship. She is working on her first monograph, International Jewish Humanitarianism in the Age of the Great War. The book is based on her prize-winning doctoral research, which investigates American Jewish responses to Jewish suffering abroad from 1914-1929. As a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy, she is also beginning a new project on Jewish women’s internationalism and universalism in the long twentieth century.

Dr Stuart Sweeney
Stuart Sweeney is a Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Global History. He spent over twenty years in the City of London most recently as Managing Director, European Head of Corporate Debt Capital Markets, at UBS (until 2014). He previously held a junior research fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, London. His research interests are focused on finance and industry in the British Empire and other European Empires where he is at present looking at financial crises in colonial settings. He is also working on a project on the History of European Integration with an emphasis on European Empires in that context. He gained a DPhil at Oxford in 2008. Since that time he has published Financing India’s Imperial Railways, 1875-1914 (Pickering & Chatto, 2011) and articles including ‘Indian Railroading: Floating Railway Companies in the Late Nineteenth Century’, Economic History Review, Vol. 62, No. S1 (August 2009).

Previous Research Associates

Dr Margret Frenz
Dr Frenz’s research focus is global, transnational, and imperial history, with a strong emphasis on comparative perspectives. As a social and cultural historian, she is particularly interested in how individuals experienced different social positions in colonial and post-colonial settings; how they remember their lives during and especially at the end of colonialism; and how these experiences can be related to the broader, structural history of empires, and of relationships between empires, and across nation-states. Her publications include From Contact to Conquest. Transition to British Rule in Malabar, 1790-1805 (OUP 2003);’Migration, Identity, and Postcolonial Change in Uganda. A Goan Perspective’, in Immigrants and Minorities (2013); and ‘Swarajfor Kenya, 1949-1965. The Ambiguities of Transnational Politics’, in Past & Present (2013), and her most recent monograph, on transnational migration movements, is Community, Memory, and Migration in a Globalizing World. The Goan Experience, c. 1890-1980 (OUP 2014). Margaret Frenz was a Research Associate with the Centre from Jan 2015-Sep 2016.
Dr Benjamin Mountford
Ben Mountford was M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Global History from Apr 2012-Oct 2015. He is currently David Myers Research Fellow at La Trobe University, Australia, see  During his time with the Centre Ben’s research centred around modern British and imperial history. His doctoral thesis explored the significance of Australian engagement with China within British imperial affairs in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. His next project focuses on the imperial tours of a number of prominent metropolitan Britons, starting with Lord Salisbury and Sir Charles Dilke.  Publications include: “The Interests of Our Colonies Seems to Have Been Largely Overlooked”: Colonial Australia and Anglo-Chinese Relations’, in R. Bickers and J. Howlett (eds.), Britain and China, 1840-1970: Empire, Finance and War, Routledge, forthcoming 2013, ‘Sojourning and Settling: Locating Chinese-Australian History’, Australian Historical Studies, 42(1), 2011, pp. 111-125 – with Dr. Keir Reeves, Monash University, Australia.
Dr Diego Rubio
Diego Rubio was an Research Associate with the Centre from Oct 2015-Sep 2016.  He is a historian and the Laming Junior Fellow at the Queen’s College, Oxford. He is an Associate Member of the European Studies Centre and a Researcher with the Spanish Group of Cultural History (GREHC). His work focuses on early modern European history and the Spanish Habsburg Empire. His doctoral thesis explored the crucial role of secrecy and deception in the formation of early modern moral and political thought. His postdoctoral research aims to expand this argument and explain how duplicity ushered forward the secularization of social behaviours, as well as the emergence of the notions of individualism, privacy and freedom of thought.  Diego is also interested in sociology of literature, the construction of ethno-religious identities, and the relationship between memory and forgetfulness within national reconciliation processes, all from transnational and comparative perspectives.
Dr Pingtjin Thum
Thum Pingtjin (“PJ”) is a Visiting Fellow at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow at Sunway University, Malaysia; Research Fellow at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia; and co-ordinator of Project Southeast Asia; as well as a Research Associate of the Centre.  He completed his DPhil thesis, “Chinese- Language Political Mobilisation in Singapore, 1953-63”, at the University of Oxford in 2011. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden University. His work centres on decolonisation in Southeast Asia, and its continuing impact on Southeast Asian governance and politics.

Dr Sarah Washbrook
Sarah Washbrook was Research Associate in the Centre for Global History at the History Faculty from Oct 2013-Sept 2014. Her research interests focus on the history of modern Latin America from the late eighteenth century until the present day, with an emphasis on global and regional market development, exports, post-colonial governance and nation-state building, ‘modernization’, labour, race and ethnicity. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work on Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Bolivia includes research on plantations and labour systems; slavery and its aftermath; immigration; indigenous communities; liberal ideology and state-building; the development of markets in land, labour and capital; institutional and technological change; and the economic, political and cultural legacies of colonialism. She is also interested in the role played by gender and language in the formation of markets and states. Her most recent publication is Producing Modernity in Mexico: Labour, Race and the State in Chiapas, 1876-1914 (OUP, 2012).