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- Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture
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- Irish Rebellions, Irish Literary History, Catholicism, Identity, Agrarian/Rural Life, 19th & 20th Century Ireland, Republic of Ireland, History of Connacht, Gaelic Revival, British Literary History, British Literature
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- About Me
I am a writer, editor, and independent researcher of Ireland. I hold an Honors BA in English and a BA in History from The Pennsylvania State University and an MA in History from The College of William & Mary. I also completed an International Studies program at The National University of Ireland, Galway, where I focused my research in Irish Studies.
Currently, I work for The Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture. There, I hold the position of Social Media Editor for both Commonplace and Women Also Know History, as well as Manager of the OI Coffeehouse Scholar Workshop.
I’ve also acted as a guest writer for CenterPieceNY, Irish American Mom, and British Period Dramas Online. I work independently under a pseudonym to research and write novels that exist within a cultural and/or historical framework.
- Recent Publications
- Stories of Strangers: The Faces of Galway City
- Rhoa on Brundage, ‘Irish Nationalists in America: The Politics of Exile, 1798-1998’
- Galway: The Graveyard of Hopes and Dreams
- The Future of ‘Sanditon’: Who Holds the Purse Strings?
- ‘Sanditon’ Revisited: Why We Love Lord Babington
- ‘These Graves and Ruinous Houses’: The Role of Domestic Items and Spaces in Revolutionary Ireland [MA Thesis]
- ‘So Pertinacious Has Been the Misery’: Othering the Irish in The Illustrated London News, 1845-1849 [MA Thesis]
My MA thesis consisted of two papers, in which I explored concepts of discourse, meaning, and rhetoric with a particular focus on meaning production in times of crisis.
The first, “‘These Graves and Ruinous Houses’: The Role of Domestic Items and Spaces in Revolutionary Ireland,” explores the ways in which domestic items and spaces were perceived and subsequently used as tools of rebellion in 20th century Ireland. I argue that through the use of domestic items and places for political purposes (and vice versa), both male and female revolutionaries and citizens witnessed a blending of societal roles.
In the second, “‘So Pertinacious Has Been the Misery’: Othering the Irish in The Illustrated London News, 1845-1849,” I explore the iconography of pity – and the pitiful – in The Illustrated London News with a focus on publication ethics in times of crisis.
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- Ireland, Northern Ireland
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- British Isles, Ireland
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century, Modern, 20th century
- Expertise by Topic
- Book History, Colonialism, Environment, Family, Gender, Literary History, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Military, Rebellion & Revolution, Rural & Agrarian History, Women