Barry Henderson

Barry Henderson

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Research Statement

I am a PhD researcher in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University, Belfast. I completed my BA in International Politics and MA in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ulster (Magee). My Master’s dissertation was entitled 'Liberal Internationalism: model for pursuit of a democratic peace, or a framework of imperialism? – An assessment of the liberal crisis in contemporary structures of global power.' My current thesis, with broader implications for American transnational history, investigates the life and career of Irish-American merchant-financier and railroad developer, James McHenry (1817-91); examining his contributions as an advocate and conduit for transatlantic rapprochement and European capital investment in nineteenth century American nation building projects. My broader interests include American politics, interactions between cosmopolitanism and nationalism, financial panics, and the historic evolution of contemporary liberal order.


Currently a Teaching Assistant (2021) on 'The American South, 1865-1980'.