Natasha Pesaran is currently working towards an MPhil in Historical Studies at Trinity College, Cambridge and is supervised by Dr Tim Harper. She graduated with a BA (hons) in History from the University of Cambridge. Her undergraduate thesis was entitled, ‘Zionist terrorism and Britain’s retreat from the mandate in Palestine, 1945-48’. Her MPhil is funded by a scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
For her MPhil thesis, Natasha aims to build on her undergraduate work which examined the role of right-wing Zionist terrorist groups, the Irgun and the Stern Gang, in Britain’s withdrawal from Palestine. Her current research seeks to construct an alternative conceptual framework through which to analyse the ‘national liberation’ movements carried out by these extremist organisations. She argues that the diasporic nature of the efforts of the Irgun and the Stern Gang, who sought to extend their tactical and strategic campaigns beyond the territorial boundaries of Palestine, has been obscured by narrow, Palestine-centric frameworks of enquiry. In shifting the analytic focus away from Palestine, her research will reconstruct the movements of individuals and ideas through operational networks that spread from Palestine, to the USA, Europe and Asia.