My main interest is in modern British cultural history, focusing on the construction of subjective identities defined through politics, gender and sexuality. I teach for the University of Oxford and am Treasurer of the Women’s History Network.
For the History BA at the University of Oxford, I teach the outline papers: Britain 1815-1924, and Britain 1900 to the present; I also teach specialist papers on Ireland 1870-1922 and on British Twentieth Century Social History, including ‘Britain at the Movies’. In addition, I tutor theoretical and historiographical papers, especially those on Gender History and Art as an approach to history.
I completed my DPhil in 2010 on “Imaginable Nations: Constructions of History and Identity and the Contribution of Selected Irish Women Writers 1891 -1945” in 2010, under the supervision of Professor Roy Foster. Since then I have worked as a research assistant for Dr Michael Biggs on a project on ‘Hunger Strikes by Suffragettes and Irish Republicans, 1909-1923′, under the auspices of the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. I am currently in the early stages of a project exploring gay teenage identity in 1980s Britain.
- “Images of Ireland: The Easter Rising in the Work of Sidney Gifford Czira (1889-1974),” in Irish Studies in Britain, Brian Griffin and Ellen McWilliams (eds.) (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).
- “Class, Nation, Gender and Self: Katharine Tynan and the construction of political identities, 1880-1930,” in Politics, Society and the Middle Class in Modern Ireland, Fintan Lane (ed.) (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).