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Biography

I hold BA, MA, and LLB degrees from National University of Ireland, Galway, and a PhD (2015) from Trinity College Dublin. Following a spell in the National Museum of Ireland, I returned to Trinity for an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015-2016. From 2016 to 2018 I was Departmental Lecturer in Irish History in Hertford College, University of Oxford. I took up my current post in King’s in September 2018.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • The Irish revolution
  • Irish nationalism
  • Protestantism in Ireland

My research focusses on Irish nationalism and Irish Protestantism. My particular interest lies in Protestant nationalists: that minority of individuals who rejected the unionist politics typical of their co-religionists, and joined separatist organisations. I am also interested in the Home Rule Question and the Northern Ireland Troubles.

Teaching

I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate modules on modern Irish and modern British history.

Publications

  • “‘Rotten Protestants’: the Ulster Liberal Association, 1906-1918”, in The Historical Journal (forthcoming) [published online July 2017].
  • “‘Much the more political of the two’: Mabel FitzGerald and the Irish Revolution” in Irish Studies Review, 24, Issue 3, 2016, pp. 291-310.
  • ‘Peace, Protestantism, and the unity of Ireland: the career of Bolton C. Waller’, in Ian d’Alton and Ida Milne (eds.), Protestant and Irish: the minority's search for place in independent Ireland (Cork: Cork University Press) [forthcoming, 2019].
  • ‘James Francis Bernard, 4th earl of Bandon: progressive landowner to dispossessed loyalist’, in Journal of the Cork Archaeological and Historical Society, Vol. 121, 2016, pp. 125-140.