Emma Kluge is a historian of international organisations, transnational activism and decolonisation in the Pacific. Her work investigates the intersection between transnational anti-colonial activism and institutions of global governance. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 2021 with a dissertation on the West Papuan campaign for decolonisation at the United Nations in the 1960s. During her Ph.D., Emma also worked as a Research Fellow with the Laureate for International History focusing on the impact of the League of Nations in Oceania.
As a Max Weber Fellow, Emma will develop a book manuscript that contextualises the West Papuan campaign within the broader sphere of transnational anti-colonialism, exploring connections between Africa and the Pacific, and interactions between activists and officials at the UN. Using West Papua as a case study, the monograph traces the shifts in politics of self-determination and decolonisation that occurred in the 1960s. In her second year, she will focus on her next project, which examines European colonial powers’ attempts to conceal or obscure their Pacific colonies to delay or forestall decolonisation in the region.
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Emma taught undergraduate courses on International and Global Studies, Colonial history, and the history of decolonisation and anti-colonial activism at the University of Sydney. Her teaching interests encompass transnational activism, race, indigeneity, colonialism, decolonisation, human rights and international organisations.