- Historical refugee studies
- British and Irish Civil War Studies
- History of Emotions
My work examines migration and displacement in early modern Europe, with specific focus on the organisation and dispensation of relief to refugees from Ireland during the British and Irish Civil Wars (1641-1653). I pay particular attention to the local dimensions of charity and welfare in England, through examination of churchwardens’ and constables’ account books. My work has now extended into the fields of historical trauma and the history of emotions. Through examination of expressions of emotion in the 1641 Depositions, a set of first-hand accounts relating the experiences and material losses of refugees following the outbreak of the 1641 Irish rebellion, I consider the emotional dimension of conflict in the seventeenth century and explore contemporary understanding of the psychological impact of violence.