Susie Deedigan

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I am a PhD candidate in History in the School of HAPP. I recently completed a Visiting Student Fellowship at the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. I have a BA in History from Balliol College, Oxford and an M.Phil in Modern Irish History from Trinity College, Dublin.

My current project is entitled, '"Let the girl go home": Irish republicanism, gender and political imprisonment, 1939-1945.' It is the first comprehensive study of female republican experiences of imprisonment during the Second World War. It compares the Northern and independent Irish states' handing of female political prisoners and explores the gendered nature of their activity and resistance. It also establishes how networks of feminist activism built during Ireland's revolutionary period remained central to prisoner support work throughout the 1940s.

More broadly, I am interested in women’s and gender history with a particular focus on activism, labour and associational culture; Irish political and social history and histories of imprisonment and institutions. 


I was recently awarded the Irish Association of Professional Historians annual bursary, the Thomas Dixon Scholarship from QUB and competitive awards from a number of associations including the Royal Historical Society, the American Historical Association and the Women's History Association of Ireland. 


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. 

I have taught on the modules HIS1001: History and Historians, Contested pasts and HIS2012: politics and society in twentieth century Ireland and worked as an Academic Guide on the Widening Participation Unit's Pathway programme for 16-19 year old prospective QUB students. 


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

I am a member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians, the Royal Historical Society, the American Conference for Irish Studies and an Associate of Irish Studies at QUB. 

I am a student assistant in Special Collections at the McClay Library where I am currently working on two projects: digitising political correspondence from the Comintern Collection and cataloguing the records of the Belfast Hebrew Congregation.