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I joined King’s in 2016 first as a teaching fellow, and from 2017 as Lecturer in Early Modern British History.

I graduated with a BA in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin in 2011, before taking an MPhil in Early Modern History at St John’s College, Cambridge in 2012.

My PhD research, also undertaken at Cambridge (supervised by Professor John Morrill) addressed religious violence in Ireland between 1641-1660, investigating the phenomenon of sectarian violence and its relationships to religious and ethnic identities in early modern Britain and Ireland. The PhD was awarded in 2016, and I am currently working to transform it into a scholarly monograph.

I have previously held a Scouloudi Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, as well as an AHRC International Placement Fellowship at the Huntington Library in California.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Early modern Irish and British history
  • History of violence, protest and rebellion
  • Religious history
  • Identity and ethnicity in the British Isles

I would be pleased to supervise PhDs in early modern British and Irish history, especially in the fields of seventeenth-century political and religious history, and the history of early modern violence and rebellion.


I teach across a range of early modern history, including the history of crime and violence, British and Irish political and religious history, and the Reformation.

Expertise and public engagement

Founding member of the ‘Doing History in Public’ blog at the University of Cambridge (

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