Teaching Associate (Periodic) and ARC Research Coordinator, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and School of Culture and Communication, 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 seventeenth and 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, information flows between Britain and the Maghreb, and on social connection and isolation in British communities in the Maghreb. His research has been funded by the Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, ANZAMEMS and the University of Melbourne. He is currently working on projects relating to the reception of the Maghreb in English, Scottish and Irish print, on the diffusion of Morocco leather in the British luxury bookbinding and upholstery trades, and on the importance of exilic theology as a framework for processing Protestant life in the Islamic Mediterranean.