PhD Candidate in History, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne
Nat’s current research focuses on the experiences and influence of British expatriates living in the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, highlighting their broad networks of material, cultural, and informational exchange throughout the Mediterranean world and eastern Atlantic, and how their reports and attitudes were presented to a wide audience through British newspapers. He is interested broadly in interactions between Protestant Europe and the Islamic world, media history, diplomacy, networking, material culture, religious and cultural dialogue, privateering, and piracy. Nat has published articles on English news representations of the Maghreb and on social connection and isolation in British communities in the Maghreb, and is currently working on projects relating to the Maghreb in Scottish and Irish literature, on British maritime paintings and maps of the southern Mediterranean, and on the diffusion of Morocco leather in the British luxury bookbinding and upholstery trades. Since April 2020, Nat has been the postgraduate representative (Australia) to the ANZAMEMS committee.