My name is Ngaio Palmer. I was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. When I was ten years old, my parents immigrated to the United States and settled in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I attended New Trier High School and graduated in 1998. That fall, I entered BYU as an honors student. I am now a senior, majoring in history with a minor in political science.
Last May, I received grants from the History and Honors Departments and from the Kennedy Center to pursue research in England at the British Library, the Public Records Office, and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. It was an incredible experience. Although I had initially proposed to research late nineteenth century yellow journalism and British African policy, I quickly discovered the British East India Company Collection at the British Library and a very different research topic.