Professor Senia Paseta

Featured Publication

Irish Nationalist Women, 1900-1918, Cambridge University Press, 2013

Irish Nationalist Women, 1900-1918

This is a major new history of the experiences and activities of Irish nationalist women in the early twentieth century, from learning and buying Irish to participating in armed revolt. Using memoirs, reminiscences, letters and diaries, Senia Pašeta explores the question of what it meant to be a female nationalist in this volatile period, revealing how Irish women formed nationalist, cultural and feminist groups of their own as well as how they influenced broader political developments. She shows that women's involvement with Irish nationalism was intimately bound up with the suffrage movement as feminism offered an important framework for women's political activity. She covers the full range of women's nationalist activism from constitutional nationalism to republicanism, beginning in 1900 with the foundation of Inghinidhe na hÉireann (Daughters of Ireland) and ending in 1918 with the enfranchisement of women, the collapse of the Irish Party and the ascendancy of Sinn Fein.


I am a co-director of the Women in Humanities programme in the Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities (TORCH). I am also involved in a number of public history initiatives to mark the centenary of Ireland's revolutionary decade (see links below for examples):


  • Suffrage and Citizenship in Ireland, 1912-1918The Kehoe Lecture in Irish History, 2018

  • Sappho to Suffrage: Women Who Dared

  • ‘New Issues and Old: Women and Politics in Ireland, 1914-18’

  • Feminist Political Thought and Activism in Revolutionary Ireland, c. 1880–1918

  • Uncertain Futures Essays about the Irish Past for Roy Foster

  • 'Constance Markievicz'

  • Catholics of Consequence: Transnational Education, Social Mobility, and the Irish Catholic Elite, 1850–1900

  • Poverty and the Poor Law in Ireland, 1850–1914, by Virginia Crossman

  • 'She Said She Was in the Family Way': Pregnancy and Infancy in Modern Ireland, ed. Elaine Farrell

  • 'Waging War on the Streets': the Irish Women Patrol, 1914-22

  • More

Current DPhil Students

  • Robin Adams
  • Charlotte Bennett
  • Lyndsey Jenkins

I would be willing to hear from potential DPhil or any potential Masters students looking at Comparative British and Irish History or Modern Irish political and Social History.

I currently teach:


FHS Masters
British History VI: 1815-1924 British History VI: 1815-1924 Crisis of the Union, 1750-1998
British History VII: Since 1900 British History VII: Since 1900 Women's Life Writing and Historical Change in Britain and Ireland since 1780
General History IV: Society, Nation and Empire, 1815-1914 General History XIV: 1941-73  
Approaches to History Further Subject: Nationalism, Politics and Culture in Ireland, 1870-1921  
Optional Subject: The New Women in Britain and Ireland, 1880-1920 Special Subject: The Northern Ireland Troublers, 1965-85  
  Disciplines of History  
In the Media

Inspiring Ireland: Women and the Rising:

The Revolution Papers: From Rising to Independence, 1916-23 :

Century Ireland, 1913-1923: