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I am a PhD candidate in History in the School of HAPP. I have a BA in History from Balliol College, Oxford and an M.Phil in Modern Irish History from Trinity College, Dublin - for which I was awarded the highest distinction in a large cohort. Prior to undertaking my PhD I gained a PGCE and taught History and English Literature at secondary and FE level in the state sector for five years.

My current project is entitled, '"Let the girl go home": Irish republicanism, gender and political imprisonment, 1939-1945.' It considers the impact of gender on the imprisonment of female republicans during the Second World War. It is aimed at comparing the Northern and independent Irish states' handing of female political prisoners and exploring the gendered nature of their activity and their perception and role within republicanism. It examines women's experiences and how lives were changed as a result of imprisonment.

More broadly, I am interested in women’s and gender history, Irish political and social history and the history of imprisonment. 

I currently sit on the Executive Committee of the Women's History Association of Ireland. 

I am a Teaching Assistant on the module HIS2012: politics and society in twentieth century Ireland and an Academic Guide on the Widening Particpation Unit's Pathway programme for 16-19 year old prospective QUB students.