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Research Focus

My PhD project takes an intersectional approach to the drama and fiction of the Northern Ireland Troubles (1968-98) in order to better understand the relationship between gender, class and ethnonational identity in Northern writing. It asks: 1. How are power relations represented along class and gender lines? 2. To what extent are representations of gender and class affected by ethnonational identity? 3. How have drama and fiction challenged or reinforced stereotypes of northern Irish working-class men and women? And 4. How does literary genre and form affect representations of gender and class? Do tropes and trends differ between drama and fiction? These questions will allow for an exploration of key themes in Troubles writing through gender and class lenses and enable an analysis of the role that representation plays in the overall picture of the conflict.

Research Interests

Gender, Class, Feminism, Working-Class Literature, Irish Literature, Irish Drama, Community

Teaching

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have taught on ENG2061: Fiction and the Novel, 1660-1820. I have also been a learning development assistant at Queen's Learning Development Service since 2019.

Before coming to Queen's, I taught Level 1 and 2 English and academic skills at a Further Education College in Birmingham Uk, and worked as a study skills coach for students with disabilities at Belfast Metropolitan College.

Achievements

I was awarded a scholarship to undertake my Master's Degree at University College Dublin in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, where I graduated first in a cohort of 11.

I was awarded an highly competitive AHRC Northern Bridge DTP scholarship to complete my PhD research.

 

Particulars

Professional Afilliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the Irish Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.

Member of the Gender Justice and Society Network at QUB.

Other

I founded the postgraduate podcast QUB Voices in summer 2020 and act as executive producer. I oversee a team of 11 and manage content and technical production, social media, outreach and engagement. I successfully applied for funding for the podcast and was awarded a grant from Queen's Graduate School.

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

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