Field: Modern Western Europe
Advisor: Mark Mazower
Natasha studies modern European and international history. Her interests include sovereignty and international order, imperial and international law, the League of Nations, and modern Central Europe, as well as the philosophy of history, time, and historical epistemology. Her dissertation analyses cultures of sovereignty in late Austria-Hungary and their afterlives in the interwar international order, exploring the conceptual implication of imperial, constitutional, and international law.
Her article "Mandatory Interpretation: Legal Hermeneutics and the New International Order in Arab and Jewish Petitions to the League of Nations" is forthcoming in Past and Present. Drawing on the League’s large store of petitions from Mandate Palestine for the first time, "Mandatory Interpretation" recovers petitioners' role in shaping the League's international jurisdiction, demonstrating how a new politics of textual interpretation and application arose from the League’s theoretical limitation on colonial sovereignty.