Project curator: Money in Africa
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Ellen Feingold joined the Money in Africa team in April 2012 after completing her D.Phil. in Modern History from the University of Oxford (Merton College) where she was a Beit Research Scholar in Imperial and Commonwealth history.
Her research interests lie in the history of the British Empire and decolonisation in Africa. She is especially interested in the development and decolonisation of British colonial legal institutions, judicial systems, and laws in the twentieth century.
As part of the Money in Africa project, Ellen is conducting archival research on currency counterfeiting in British colonies in Africa. She is examining how British colonial authorities in both the Colonial Office and in the colonies attempted to prevent counterfeiting of coins and notes, including the development of anti-counterfeiting laws and changes to colonial currency designs. This research brings together imperial, monetary, and legal history to shed new light on the relationship between currency and colonial governance.