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Research Focus

I’m originally from Brighton, Michigan, and graduated from Butler University in the US in 2017 with a B.A. in History, English Literature, and French. During my time at Butler, I became increasingly fascinated by cultural history and the different ways in which fractured communities create space for conversation and reconciliation. In March of 2019, I was awarded the Fulbright-Queen’s University Belfast PhD Award to continue my research through the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice here in Northern Ireland and moved to Belfast to start my PhD later that year.

Research I undertook as an undergraduate prompted an interest in how public memory intersects with prison politics that I’ll continue to explore during my time at QUB. My thesis, titled 'Martyr or Mother: Irish Nationalism versus Irish Motherhood in Northern Irish Prison Protests, 1975-1981,' explores the staten's response to women's protest action and maternal activism in conflict-era Northern Ireland, specifically through the lens of the prison system. My broader interests include public memory, carceral politics, dressmaking, and talking to plants.

I'm a teaching assistant on the module PAI2011: The Politics of Deeply Divided Societies and am a postgraduate research associate with the Institute for Irish Studies.

I wrote a short piece for the Writing the 'Troubles' titled "The Limitations of 'Maternal' Activism in Troubles Narratives" that you can find here. You can follow me and my research journey on Twitter @MMohrenweiser or reach out to me via email at mmohrenweiser01@qub.ac.uk.