Russell Palmer is a PhD student in the Department of Archaeology. He studied Archaeology at the University of Manchester and has participated in early- and late-modern field projects in Ireland, UK, and USA. His current research project explores the material effects of three successive colonial powers in Malta, c. 1530–1900, through the analysis of excavated assemblages and the developing spatio-architectural environment around the Grand Harbour. An interpretive framework that draws on the works of Judith Butler, Michel Foucault, and Henri Lefebvre, is employed to investigate transformations in the relationships between people, things and space under the rule of the Knights of St John, Napoleon, and the British Empire. His interests include historical archaeology, colonial institutions, systems of societal regulation, urban history, modern material culture, and gender/sexuality studies.