Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Riley Linebaugh

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Riley Linebaugh is Lecturer and Researcher in British History at the Centre for British Studies. Before joining the Centre in January 2023, Riley obtained her PhD from Justus Liebig University, Giessen and held a position as postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz.

She specializes in the history of British colonial archives and her recent, open access publications include, “’Joint Heritage’: Provincializing an Archival Ideal,” in Disputed Archival Heritage (ed. Lowry, 2022), “Colonial Fragility: British Embarrassment and the So-called ‘Migrated Archives’” (The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 2022) and “Protecting Bad Intel in a Dirty War: Britain’s Emergency in Kenya and the Origins of the ‘Migrated Archives’” (De Gruyter, 2022). She is currently beginning a new project on the participation of female secretaries and spies in the British empire. In addition to her historical scholarship, Linebaugh holds an M.A. in Archives and Records Management and has worked as an archivist in the United States, England and Uganda.

Her work at the Centre includes teaching ‘Explorations in British History’ and ‘Self, Society, and Agency’, both of which focus on primary source analysis in the context of colonial records. She offers MA supervision to students working in history and (post/de-)colonial theory. She assists with the work placement scheme and alumni coordination.