I grew up in British Columbia, Canada and completed my BA in History & Literature at Harvard University. During my undergraduate degree I studied women’s writing and depictions of women in English literature of the long eighteenth century, writing my honours thesis on the Restoration con artist and author Mary Carleton. For my MPhil in Eighteenth Century and Romantic Studies at Cambridge I seek to explore the relationship between early eighteenth century ‘proto-feminist’ philosophical writing and depictions of women in fiction and drama, focusing on how rhetoric that likened white women’s plight to slavery became associated with subversive and sexually transgressive female characters. I am pursuing the MPhil with an eye to working toward a legal career protecting women’s rights. The eighteenth century interest in the degree of autonomy women should have in determining their lives has much bearing on our current moment, where debates over reproductive rights and increasing awareness of sexual harassment and assault represent a similar concern with women’s ability to exercise control over their own persons. I am excited to be joining the Gates Cambridge community and to live and learn at such a historic institution.