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My scholarship focuses on conversion to Christianity in the Medieval West, the cults and Lives of early Christian saints, and the development of the Patrician cult from the fifth to twelfth century. I have published a variety of articles on these topics and am currently finalising a monograph on the medieval Patrician hagiographical tradition.
Having completed a PhD in early medieval history in University College Dublin, I undertook a post-doctoral fellowship, funded by the Irish Research Council, in the Royal Irish Academy. I moved to QUB in January 2017 and teach on various medieval topics, including medieval Ireland.
Before this I acted as an adjunct lecturer with the Department of Theology, St Patrick's College, Maynooth and the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin. I have also worked with a number of institutes including the Discovery Programme, the UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute and the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland. Through these bodies I have been involved in a variety of research projects including the Irish government-sponsored Louvain 400 celebrations. I am a founding member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians and was Executive Secretary of its associated committee from 2012–2016.