I am a historian interested in the sociocultural dimensions of radical politics during the 20th century. I grew up in the Tipperary town of Cahir, and studied for my B.A. at Trinity College Dublin and received an MPhil from Cambridge University. I am currently carrying out DPhil research at Oxford University, where my project examines the international connections of Irish women on the radical left, 1916-1939. My past research projects have included radical activists within the Irish gay rights movement and Irish travel to the Soviet Union during the interwar period.
I have contributed to online blogs and other media outlets such as BBC Radio 4, History Today and History Ireland, in addition to delivering many lectures to both academic and public audiences.
I am interested in the lived experience of left-wing political movements; how individual radicals navigated global networks and conducted personal relationships that shaped their subjective experience. Being Irish has naturally drawn me towards exploring nationalists, but I am equally fascinated by the globally-oriented radical rank and file, such as the adherents of the Esperanto movement and the foot soldiers of international communism.
My PhD and the research I present on this blog is funded by the Globalising and Localising the Great War Scholarship, supported by the Jesus College alumni fund. I have also recently received a Fulbright Student Award to carry out research in Stanford University from January to May 2019.
Please feel free to get in touch using the details available on the contact page. I am always eager to collaborate with and contribute to interesting projects.