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Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland
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1918-19 influenza pandemic, oral history, disease history, health, measles, infectious diseases of childhood, vaccination resistance, Irish Protestantism, newspaper history, gender in newspaper industry, Irish history, history of work, medical doctors' working lives.
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About Me

I’m a social historian of disease.  My PhD on the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in Ireland introduced me to people who talked not only about the ‘Spanish’ flu but about the other diseases which touched so many families in the first half of the twentieth century, in all parts of the world.  Now, with vaccination resistance growing, as people forget the damage diseases like measles once did, I interview people whose lives have been altered by disease, to tell their stories to a wider audience.  My work has both a local and a regional or global context, as little pictures of the individual human experience can add to the bigger pictures, adding life to statistical evidence.  I currently work as a post doctoral fellow in Queen’s University Belfast on the Northern Ireland mother and baby homes and Magdalene Laundries investigation, interviewing all players in this history.  I’m also interested in southern Irish Protestant history, and in working lives in the newspaper industry and in medicine.

Recent Publications

Stacking the Coffins, Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, 1918-19 (Manchester University Press, 2018):

Article in Irish Times supplement on Ireland 1918:

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, Ireland, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Gender, Local & Regional, Medicine, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution, Rural & Agrarian History, Science, Urban History, Women, World War I