PhD candidate, School of Culture, History and Language
Spencer Haines is a PhD student who has been granted an Australian Postgraduate Award to research Mongolian history at the School of Culture, History & Language, in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Spencer has a Master of International Affairs (2007) from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies (2003) from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Prior to beginning this PhD program, Spencer was employed as a Foreign Service Officer with the Government of Canada and held overseas diplomatic postings in Russia and India. He has also previously lived and worked in Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine and Egypt, as well as having travelled extensively throughout Mongolia and Central Asia.
Spencer’s doctoral research focuses on the larger dynamics of ‘state’ power and nomadic relations in Inner Asian history during the 17th and 18th centuries. Specifically, he will provide a fresh examination of the Zunghar Empire’s diplomatic interactions with the Khalkha Mongols and Kazakhs in times of war and peace and then assess its impact. Spencer has a strong passion and interest in the history, politics and culture of Mongolia and Kazakhstan.