I joined St Catherine’s and the School of History as the Canon Murray Fellow in Irish History in October 2018. Before coming to Oxford, I was an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow (2013-2015) and an Occasional Lecturer (2015-2017) attached to the School of History, University College Dublin. I completed both my BA and PhD at Trinity College Dublin, and was awarded an IRC postgraduate scholarship for my doctoral studies. I am also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre of Contemporary Irish History, TCD.
I am a twentieth century Irish and British historian specialising in the Irish Independence struggle and Civil War period (1913-1923), including the social and cultural memory of those events. My research also engages with various theoretical concerns and scholarship relating to Irish and British history, memory studies and oral history. My area of particular expertise is legacy interviews and personal testimony from veterans of the revolutionary era. I am currently writing two books. One, for Liverpool University Press, is based on my doctoral research on personal testimonies of the Irish Revolution. The other concerns the history, historiography and memory of an exceptionally controversial ambush by a West Cork I.R.A. flying column at Kilmichael in November 1920. I am also researching British Army deserters in Ireland from 1916 to 1924.
I currently teach:
Nationalism, politics and culture in Ireland, c.1870-1921