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Darren Colbourne is a PhD researcher in the school for History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's University Belfast. He is also associated with The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Security, Peace, and Justice.

Darren's research focuses on an historical re-evaluation of the People's Democracy. He analyzes the ideological progression and fluid group-identification of the PD by utilizing a comparative, interdisciplinary methodology. His dissertation pairs archival and primary source research with constructivist political theory to situate the PD's organizational identification within the domestic Irish context and the international New Left phenomenon that encompassed the group's maturation. To accomplish this, he puts the PD into conversation with the experiences of the American Student's for a Democratic Society, highlighting key moments of similarity and difference in their ideological trajectories. 


Darren has two years of teaching experience at the American secondary school level, where he instructed classes in World History and American Literature. In Fall 2022 he will be TAing modules at Queen's University Belfast.


The People's Democracy, the Irish New Left, the American New Left, Constructivism, socialism and the development of leftist thought, University history, mobilization history/theory