Harriet Mercer


Harriet graduated from the ANU with First Class Honours in her Bachelor of Philosophy and was awarded the University Medal for history. She went on to do a Masters in Global and Imperial History at The University of Oxford where she received the Beit Prize for most outstanding dissertation. Harriet’s passion for history is underpinned by the belief that the makeup of the contemporary world can only fully be understood by an investigation of its past. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Oxford in history, with a focus on the history of migration, nationality and citizenship laws of the Australasian region, and how these inform policy today. Prior to her DPhil she worked as a research assistant for Professor Stuart Ward’s Embers of Empire project at the University of Copenhagen. She hopes to become a leading Australian historian, promoting the history of the Australasian region both at home and abroad, and using this understanding to inform policy today.