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.
My research as an undergraduate prompted an interest in how public memory intersects with prison politics that I’ll continue to explore during my time at Queen's. My thesis, titled 'Martyr or Mother: Irish Nationalism versus Irish Motherhood in Northern Irish Prison Protests, 1975-1981' works to understand how Irish women both inside and outside the prison system understood themselves within the context of the Irish Troubles--particularly in relation to prison protests at both Armagh and the Maze/Long Kesh--and how their struggle for both identity and memory has shaped modern Irish history and Irish Republicanism.