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Dr Benjamin Mountford

M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History
Research Associate, University of Oxford Centre for Global History
Corpus Christi Website Editor

I grew up in a small town on the South-West coast of Australia. After finishing school I went on to study History, English and Education at the Universities of Western Australia and Melbourne. Along the way, I spent considerable time working in the Australian museum and arts sector and travelling around the country playing music.

In 2008 I arrived at Exeter College to take up a DPhil in Global and Imperial History under the supervision of Dr. John Darwin. During this time, I was a Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholar (2008-2011) and Beit Scholar in Commonwealth and Imperial History (2011-2012). In 2012 I joined Corpus Christi as the M.G. Brock Junior Research Fellow in Modern British History.

I am also a Research Associate of the Oxford University Centre for Global History, and a co-founder and convener of the Oxford Transnational and Global History Research Seminar.

Research Interests
My research centres around Modern British History, British Imperial History and Australian History. My first book is due for publication through OUP in 2015. It explores the impact of Australian engagement with China upon British imperial affairs in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. My next project will investigate the evolving relationship between Britain and the rest of the British World from the 1850s down to the early-twentieth century. It takes as its focus the imperial tours of a number of prominent metropolitan Britons, starting with Lord Salisbury and Sir Charles Dilke.

More broadly, I'm interested in better understanding the political, social and economic developments that took place during the long-nineteenth century and in assessing their role in shaping the modern world. Particular areas of focus include British political, social and economic history; imperial history; nineteenth century globalisation, particularly in relation to migration, communications and trade; Australian studies; historiography; biography; and transnational history. In addition to my academic interests I retain professional expertise in museology, public history and cultural heritage.

One of the great pleasures of my time at Oxford has been the opportunity to teach a range of talented and creative undergraduate students. I teach Australian, British, Imperial and Global History.

The Open Door Swings Both Ways: Australia, China and the British World System (working title), Oxford University Press Historical Monographs Series, Forthcoming 2015.

‘"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.

‘Reworking the Tailings: New Gold Histories and the Cultural Landscape', in Creating White Australia, University of Sydney Press, 2009 - with Dr. Keir Reeves, Monash University, Australia.

Since 2008 I have lectured and presented research papers in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States.





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