Current Research Students
|The Memory of the Late Middle Ages in Ireland: The preservation and modification of historical narratives by the Irish Record Commission
The objective of this research is to investigate the role and remit of the Irish Record Commission 1810-1830. As a medievalist, I am particularly interested in how the Irish Record Commission understood the medieval period, how they classified documents, and how they edited them. By investigating the familial connections, educational and political background, and the interests of the record sub-commissioners, I hope to shed light on the ways in which narratives about the medieval period in Ireland were developed and shaped by the Commission and how these narratives, in turn, impacted upon the subsequent study of Irish history.Supervisors: Peter Crooks and Micheál Ó Siochrú
Funding: Provost’s Project Award (2019-2023)
|Birth, Death and Survival’: Perceptions of Irish impoverished motherhood, 1880-1911
My PhD research examines the social discourse surrounding impoverished mothers and women’s experiences of maternity and motherhood in Irish workhouses during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. My research on the representation of workhouse mothers within nineteenth-century Irish newspapers was published in Historical Studies (2019). I holds a first-class M.Phil. degree in Modern Irish History from Trinity College, Dublin and a first-class Honours B.A. degree in English and History from Carlow College in which both of my thesis works centred upon the social history of Irish women through the lens of reproduction.
Supervisors: Dr Georgina Laragy and Professor Eunan O’Halpin
Funding: Trinity College, Dublin 1252 Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2017-2022); Cluff Memorial Scholarship (2020)
|Poverty, poor relief and citizenship in revolutionary France: A case study of the Gironde department
After receiving my History BA from TCD, I completed an MA in Medieval History in Durham (title of dissertation: Testamentary charity and the social aesthetics of poverty in late medieval York, 1350-1470). My doctoral research project analyses concepts of citizenship and community membership in France during the latter half of the eighteenth century through the lens of poor relief. It combines a survey of contemporary poor relief programmes at a national level and the political and popular discourse surrounding them, with an in-depth study of the provision of poor relief in the city of Bordeaux.
Supervisor: Joseph Clarke
Funding: TCD Foundation Scholarship 2013-2020; Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, 2017-2021.
|Early Medieval Reform between Royal Power and Ecclesiastical Networks: The Introduction of the Dionysiac Easter Reckoning in Western Europe
I received my M.A. in Historical Research with Distinction from the University of Sheffield in 2017. My Master’s dissertation analysed ‘Representations of Identity in Stephen of Ripon's Vita Sancti Wilfrithi.’ My doctoral research is dedicated to exploring the spread of the Alexandrian-Dionysiac method of calculating Easter in Britain, Ireland, and the Frankish Kingdoms in the early medieval period. This is conducted by offering newfound insights into narrative sources and engaging with calendrical material utilising methodological tools such as network analysis. A key part of my research involves in-depth examination of pre-AD 900 Easter tables for the purpose of identifying distinctive features that can highlight potential routes of transmission in their copying.
In 2022, I worked as a research assistant on the Irish Research Council Laureate Award project ‘The Irish Foundation of Carolingian Europe (IFCE): The Case of Calendrical Science (Computus)', conducting data entry for the project’s database.
Supervisor: Immo Warntjes
Secondary supervisor: Máirín MacCarron (University College Cork)
Funding: Cluff Memorial Studentship (2021-22); Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship (2022-23)
|Gender, power and sexual morality in fourteenth-century England and France
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews before coming to Trinity College Dublin in 2017 to complete my MPhil. My current research focuses on the intersection of gender, power and sexual immorality through the examination of a series of noble and royal case studies from fourteenth-century England and France. By applying gender and power theories to medieval history, I hope to be able to better illuminate the nuance found in late-medieval gendered power structures and understand how accusations of sexual immorality affected the trajectory of lives and careers.
Supervisor: Professor Ruth Karras
|A socialist sense of justice’: Soviet international law and the show trials, 1917-1928
Alexandra Day is a second-year PhD researcher from Dublin, based in the History department. She is funded through the TCD Provost’s Project PhD Award and is supervised by Dr Molly Pucci. She holds a BA in History and History of Art and Architecture and an MPhil in International History, both from TCD.
Supervisor: Dr. Molly Pucci
|Imagining Ireland’s economic future, 1893-1923
My doctoral research explores the issue of the economic future of a self-governed Ireland in the decades immediately prior to partition/independence. Through examining the economic visions of key opinion leaders, the increasing availability of and commentary on Irish economic data and statistics, reaction to the Home Rule Bills/Acts as well the anticipation, from an economic perspective, by institutions, associational groups, businesses and individuals of the regime change, the significant role of economic considerations in Ireland’s revolutionary era will be uncovered. My work sets Ireland’s economic deliberations in the European context of the time and seeks to trace their influence post-partition/independence.
I received my B.A. in History and an MPhil in Modern Irish History, both from Trinity College Dublin. I previously worked as a film/TV producer and prior to that in strategic management consultancy and business development. I also hold a B.A. B.A.I. in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and an M.B.A. from University College Dublin.
Supervisor: Dr. Anne Dolan
Daria Pola Drazkowiak
Grief and Self-Representation in the Posthumous Commemoration of Women in Fifteenth Century Tuscany.Prior to undertaking my PhD, I completed an MA in Medieval History at Durham University and a BA in History at Trinity College Dublin.
My research project examines the posthumous commemoration of women in fifteenth century Tuscany from an interdisciplinary standpoint, focussing on the intersection between art history, gender history, and the history of emotions. I draw upon wills, church records, various forms of material culture, and a wide range of ego-documents to investigate contemporary understandings and expressions of grief, and to chart female agency in auto-commemorative practices.
Supervisors: Catherine Lawless and David Ditchburn
Funding: Trinity College Postgraduate Studentship, 2019-2021
The Production and Export of Medieval Ireland’s Wool and Woollen Cloth, 1169–1541
I graduated from The Open University in 2018 with first-class honours in History, and in 2019 received a distinction in my MPhil in Medieval History at Trinity College Dublin. My master’s dissertation was entitled ‘Accommodation for Anglo-Saxon Travellers within Frankish Europe: 653–720: Connections and Continuity in a World of Change’.
I am very interested in contacts and connections between the Insular world and the continent of Europe, and my PhD research examines trade connections between Ireland and the Continent in the later medieval world. It looks at exports of wool and woollen-cloth from medieval Ireland, using a diverse range of sources, not just from Ireland and England, but from across Europe. It analyses fluctuations in wool and woollen-cloth trading patterns over the long durée. In examining the possible causes and effects of these fluctuations, I seek to highlight the impact of economic developments on pre-modern society and politics.
Supervisor: Dr David Ditchburn
Publication: ‘The early medieval scribes of the Life of Columba and the Book of Armagh and their knowledge of Greek ’in Luke McInerney (ed.), Gaelic Ireland (c.600-c.1700): Lordship, Saints and Learning, Dublin, 2021.
The Reichenau Group: A Case Study of Irish Script on the Continent
I graduated with first-class honours from the University of Vienna with a BA in History in 2017. Subsequently, I obtained an MA in Historical Research, Auxiliary Sciences of History and Archival Science at the Institute for Austrian Historical Research with distinction in 2020. In my master's thesis I collected, edited and analysed the high and late medieval lives of Saint Rupert of Salzburg, for which I received the sponsorship award of the Archbishop Rohracher Study Fund. After working two years as an archivist, I was delighted to join the IRC Research Project Early Irish Hands in 2022.
My PhD thesis examines a particular group of manuscripts written in Irish script from the mid-ninth century that were once kept in the library of Reichenau Abbey. By analysing and re-evaluating the proposed palaeographic and textual connections between these manuscripts, I want to shed new light on the provenance and grouping of the Reichenau manuscripts. This will include exploring the Carolingian influence on Irish script and the networks of distribution for Irish manuscripts on the Continent.
Supervisors: Dr Nicole Volmering and Dr Immo Warntjes
|Women, Work and Welfare in Dublin c. 1890 - 1940.
Supervisor: Dr Carole Holohan
Funding: Provost's PhD award (2018 -2022)
|Kitchen Politics: Irish Domestic Servants in England and the United States, c1870-1945
My PhD project examines the representation of Irish female immigrants in Anglo-American political and cultural discourse, with a particular focus on bourgeois discussions of domestic labour. I hold a first-class honours BA in history and English literature from TCD, and returned here for postgraduate research after several years working in journalism.
Supervisor: Dr Ciaran O'Neill
Funding: IRC Postgraduate Scholarship (2017-21); Huntington Library Research Fellowship (2018)
My current research project, funded through a Trinity Provost Project Award, traces the revolutionary currents that flowed between Ireland, America, and Britain in the Age of Revolutions. I have published on related subjects including identity and patriotism in eighteenth-century Ireland and early America, and I am particularly interested in the transnational dimensions of revolutionary conflicts in the late eighteenth-century Atlantic world. I was recently named the A.C. Elias Irish-American Research Fellow for 2021 by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society. The travel fellowship will fund a research visit to key New York archives where I will conduct research for my dissertation project, 'Revolutionary Currents: Ideas, Information, and the Imperial Public Sphere.
Supervisor: Dr Patrick Walsh
|Emotional Experience of Carcerality in the French Revolution, 1789-1799
I am a PhD researcher, funded by a Trinity Provost Project Award (2022-2026), examining the emotional experience of carcerality during the French Revolution (1789-1799). This project asks how it felt to be imprisoned during the Revolution, with particular focus on letters as a device of subjective production. It also considers how the figuration of the 'prisoner' was culturally constructed and how the infrastructure(s) of the French carceral system developed into what has orthodoxically been seen as the beginning of the modern Prison.
I hold a BA in History from the University of Oxford and an MA in Urban History and Cultural Studies from the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), funded by the London Studentship and Nathan, Quinn and Esmond Funds. My previous research has focused on nonhuman histories, specifically Arbres de la Liberté in the French Revolution, supported by the SSFH. Throughout my research I use, and am interested in developing, digital GIS methodologies.
Supervisor: Dr Joseph Clarke
Annie C. Humphrey
|The Hiberno-Norse in Middle Irish Historical Narratives c. 1030-1130
Annie holds a Cert in Irish Studies from University College Cork, a BA in History and Medieval Studies from Rutgers University, and an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut. Before coming to Dublin, they worked in public outreach at the Higgins Armory Museum, State Museum of New Jersey, and the American Swedish Historical Museum; and taught western and world history at Brookdale Community College and Rowan University. Their thesis is on the depiction of Norse speakers found in three pre-Norman vernacular texts that purport to tell the history of the Vikings in Ireland. These sources reveal the Gaelic Irish cultural memory of their neighbours, the Hiberno-Norse.
Supervisor: Seán Duffy
Funding: Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship (2018-22) Supervisor: Ashley Clements
|The Channel Islands in the Plantagenet Realm, 1254–1341
I graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2019, attaining a 1st Class honours, Bachelor of Arts, History (Single Honors). My main research interest is in the history of the Channel Islands from 1204–1453 and, more broadly, the history of the Plantagenet kings of England. My current doctoral research aims to challenge the omission of the Channel Islands from the historiographies of England and France by examining their place within the wider environment of the Plantagenet realm . My central research questions arise from the problematic position of the Channel Islands, literally and constitutionally between the kingdoms of England and France at a time of rapid development in concepts of nationhood and identity. In particular, I am interested in developing the conceptual approach of viewing the territories of the Plantagenet kings as an ‘empire’. This concept seeks to integrate the diverse territories of the Plantagenet realm, such as Ireland and Gascony, without sacrificing their individual political and cultural differences, or diminishing their influence in the realm for the sake of neat categorisation.
Supervisor: Dr. Peter Crooks
Funding: States of Jersey Bursary (2019–2022), De La Lancy & De La Hanty Foundation (2019), Société Jersiaise Millennium Research Fellowship (2021–2023)
Publications: 'Petitions from the Channel Islands in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries', The Jersey & Guernsey Law Review, Vol. 22 (February 2021).
Dawn Adelaide Seymour Klos
|The Black Widow of Breedon: Revitalization Movements and Isolde Pantulf in England and Ireland, 1170-1230
Dawn A. Seymour Klos earned a B.A. in History at the University of New Orleans and completed two M.A. degrees in History and Anthropology at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is the founder of Trinity HistoryCon and editor of The Hublic Sphere Podcast.
Her thesis, ‘The Black Widow of Breedon: Revitalization Movements and Isolde Pantulf in England and Ireland, 1170-1230’ combines medieval history and anthropology to create the first micro-history of Isolde Pantulf. The project uses Isolde’s life as an individual case study to survey women’s rights, access to justice, and identity expression under English Common Law in both England and Ireland. Her work re-examines chancery records using anthropological frameworks to uncover new interpretations of feminism within medieval law.
Twitter: @Medieval_PandaSupervisor: Sean Duffy
Funding: IRC Postgraduate Scholarship (2015-19)
|Demarcating the Dutch Borderlands: The Generaliteitslanden and the Emergence of the Modern Dutch State (1713-1763)
I am originally from the Netherlands and received my Bachelors degree from Maastricht University before coming to Ireland in 2018 for an MPhil in Early Modern History at TCD. My project focuses on the link between the governance of the eighteenth-century Dutch Republic’s borderlands, the Generaliteitslanden, and the process of state formation. By observing these particularly complicated regions existing within an equally anomalous state structure during a time generally overlooked in Dutch history, I hope to contribute to the broader understanding of borderland governance, state formation and the relationship therebetween, as well as the Republic’s history more generally. In this endeavour I am relying primarily on the vast and largely unexplored Fagel Collection, held in part by the TCD library and in part by the Dutch National Archives.
Supervisors: Micheál Ó Siochrú and Graeme Murdock
Funding: Trinity History Department: McDowell Memorial PhD Studentship (2020-2024), Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds: Jadefonds (2020-2021).
|I am a PhD candidate from Drogheda, Co Louth looking at the Irish Deaf community and users of Irish Sign Language (ISL) in the period 1850 to 1924, specifically focusing on experiences of Deaf people in Irish courts, prisons, and workhouses. I strive to make my work as accessible as I can via Irish Sign Language and consult widely with Irish Deaf historians. My research can be seen at http://deafirishinstitutions.blogspot.com and https://tcd.academia.edu/CormacÓLóinín|
|First translation, edition, and commentary of the anonymous Computus Einsidlensis|
I received a BA in History and Music Studies from Bonn University, Germany, before completing my MA in Medieval History at the University of Durham, UK. For my PhD thesis, I am editing the Computus Einsidlensis, an Irish textbook on computus (i.e. calculating the date of Easter and the reckoning of time in general) from ca. AD 700. The text was only discovered in 2005 by my supervisor, Immo Warntjes, in a single manuscript in Switzerland. By editing this text, I hope to shed more light on a decisive phase in the development of Early Medieval computistics, which in turn laid the foundation for our modern sciences and time reckoning in particular.
Supervisor: Immo Warntjes
Funding: IRC Laureate Award Project Postgraduate Scholarship (2018-22): IFCE The Irish Foundation of Carolingian Europe: the case of computus (calendrical science)
Hannah Mac Auliffe
|Alternate Succession in the kingships of early medieval Ireland
Hannah Mac Auliffe is a PhD candidate currently funded by the Trinity College Dublin 1252 Postgraduate Research Studentship. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she also earned her B.A. in History and French Language from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include early Irish kingship, genealogy, and inter-dynastic dynamics, and her doctoral research aims to catalogue and better understand instances of alternate succession to kingships among two or more branches of a dynasty in early medieval Ireland and Scotland.
Hannah is also experienced in manuscript transcription, having worked closely with both medieval and early modern manuscripts. She is passionate about the accessibility of and public engagement in the study of medieval Ireland, and works with organisations like AccessEd, the Trinity Access Programme, and the Dingle Literary Festival to promote these ideals.
Supervisor: Professor Seán Duffy
|'Little Guests': Europe's Children in the Aftermath of WWII
My research explores initiatives for the recuperation of children in Europe in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, with a focus on recuperative holidays, which involved sending groups of children abroad for short periods of time in order to restore their mental and physical well-being. I am working towards a transnational history of these schemes, while also using them as means to examine emotional histories of the aftermath and broader themes in the history of childhood, humanitarianism and the postwar period. I hold a B.A. in History and English Literature and an M.Phil in International History, both from Trinity College Dublin.
Supervisor: Molly Pucci
Funding: Ussher Fellowship
|Rhonda is a PhD candidate at the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities (TCEH). She joined in March 2019 to work on the Climates of Conflict in Ancient Babylonia (CLICAB) project. Her work will focus on developing a climate reconstruction for Babylonia within the timeframe of 652-61BC through a combination of written and natural resources.
Rhonda completed a BA in Geography from Maynooth University followed by MSc in Climate Change through Irish Climate and Research Units (ICARUS) in Maynooth University.
Research Interests: Environmental history, data rescue, citizen science.
Orcid ID: 0000-0002-3931-1944
|From Strongbow’s conquest to the Marshal partition: the making and breaking of English Leinster, 1170-1247
John Marshall is a PhD candidate having previously obtained a BA and MA in history from Dublin City University. His research at present focuses on the three-quarters of a century foundational period of the Leinster lordship, with a specific emphasis placed on the encastellation and settlement of English Leinster, and the flourishing economy that followed. This research includes a long overdue reappraisal of the Marshal partition, a fruitful corpus of documentation largely neglected since Goddard Henry Orpen’s analysis over one hundred years ago, with a permeation of national boundaries to include the vast transnational Marshal holdings.
Supervisor: Professor Seán Duffy
Christopher John Morris
In the late Sixties and early Seventies, Chris studied physical geography and soils, before becoming a government statistician in Belfast, where he pursued a thirty year career, working on matters such as gross domestic product, poverty, excess winter deaths and urban function. On retirement, he obtained further qualifications in reconciliation studies (at Trinity) and human geography, where his Master’s dissertation was entitled “Paradise or Booty: Choices of strategy and their outcome in Ancient and Medieval holy wars and nomad conflicts.
Since then, he has been developing the theme of his dissertation at Trinity, commuting intermittently from Belfast on the early morning Enterprise. He has used numerical techniques to analyse over one hundred cultural interactions that involve nomads and/or holy wars, with the impact of climatic and geographical, cultural and social factors. He has found that his long term interest in world history, supplemented by translations of source Greek, Roman and Byzantine histories, has proved invaluable in understanding the import of the numbers.
He lives with his long-suffering wife Janet, who has learned more about Mongols, Arabs, Berbers, jihads and crusades than anyone deserves, and with Daniel, a black cat who maintains his own empire in the garden as a one cat horde.
Supervisor: Dr Frank Ludlow
Daryl Hendley Rooney
|Writing Ireland in the Latin chronicles and histories of early Plantagenet England
Daryl Hendley Rooney is a PhD candidate and recipient of the Cluff Memorial Studentship (2019/20 & 2020/21) and was an Erasmus Mundus Action II Israel scholar (2015). Daryl earned his B.A. in English and History, as well as his M.A. in Medieval Studies, at University College Dublin. His doctoral research examines how the Irish were perceived and depicted by historians and chroniclers in early Plantagenet England. Focusing upon the works of Roger of Howden, William of Newburgh, Gerald of Wales, Gervase of Canterbury, Matthew Paris and others, this dissertation examines the insights these writers provide into the spectrum of medieval attitudes towards Ireland, its people and affairs during the first century or so of English conquest in Ireland. Daryl is also interested in public outreach and is the treasurer of the Friends of Medieval Dublin, a study group founded in 1976 that promotes interest in and the study of the history, archaeology and heritage of medieval Dublin.
Supervisor: Professor Seán Duffy
|Dicuil's De cursu solis lunaeque: First complete edition, translation, and commentary
I studied Latin and History for a ‘Staatsexamen’ at the University of Tübingen, and taught both subjects for two years at a grammar school. Currently, I am editing, translating, and analysing five books written by the Irish scholar Dicuil as gifts for Louis the Pious over the years 814-818. This work of highly advanced scientific and poetic content is commonly known by the modern titles Liber de astronomia or Computus. Dicuil himself used the label De cursu solis lunaeque (‘The course of the Sun and Moon’).
Supervisor: Immo Warntjes
|The Anglo-Irish Treaty Debate 1921-2: Who Decided and Why?
Following my retirement as a consultant psychiatrist, I undertook a M Phil in Trinity in 2015. My dissertation looked at the 121 TDs who voted in the debate on the Treaty. The PhD expands this work through the prisms of revolutionary activity and socio-cultural associations of the TDs to develop a narrative about their decision-making in relation to their vote for or against the Treaty.
Supervisor: Dr Anne Dolan
|Beyond Mission: Willibrord as a Political Actor Between Early Medieval Ireland, Britain and Merovingian Francia (658-739)
Supervisor: Dr Immo Warntjes
Funding: AFR PhD scholarship, Luxembourg National Research Fund (2017-2021)
|‘‘Where is she?’: Women and Irish
I received my BA in History from Salisbury University before moving to Dublin to do my M.Phil in Modern Irish History in 2015. My PhD, titled ‘‘Where is she?’: Women and Irish television 1958-73’, looks at the multifaceted relationship between women and television in Ireland during the long 1960s. It examines the place of women in early television debates, women’s programmes on R/TÉ, the broader representation of women on the station during the period, and the role of women in programme making during the 1960s and early 1970s.
Supervisors: Carole Holohan and Anne Dolan
Funding: Cluff Memorial Scholarship 2019-2021
Publications: Writing the History of Women's Programming at Telifís Éireann: A Case Study of Home for Tea in Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media , Issue 20, 2020
I am from Tipperary and hold a Bachelor of Arts in History, English and Theatre from NUI Galway and a Masters in Philosophy in Public History from Trinity College. My PhD investigates the projection of identities through public history in the two Irish states following partition and uses public history workshops to investigate the effects of deeper engagement with this public history on individuals and public history’s possible potential as a tool for reconciliation, empathy and critical thinking. I am passionate about using history in the public sphere and engaging with the wider public, and my research interests include commemoration, monuments, memory, identity and class.
Funding: Universities Ireland (2019/20), Cluff Memorial Scholarship (2021).
Luca Ka Lo Yau
|Negotiating Modern Childhood: A Social History of Children in Republican China (1912-1949)
My research interests focus on the history of childhood in Republican China, examining the themes of childcare centres, children’s diaries, play, and sports as focal points through which to analyse the interplay between adults’ expectations and children’s reactions. Before entering Trinity, I completed an MPhil in History at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, where my research focused on the ethnic consciousness of Hakka women in South China. I have worked with UNESCO Hong Kong as part of its Global Geopark initiative and recently published a book chapter on the ethnic relations and overseas communities of Kat O, as part of a UNESCO Hong Kong Global Geopark book project.
Supervisor: Dr Isabella Jackson
Funding: The CHINACHILD project, Irish Research Council Laureate Award (2019 - 2023)
|Commemorating the Past: The Breton Church and its Irish Element, c. 700-1100
I hold an M.Phil in Medieval History from Trinity College Dublin. My PhD thesis is a study of the cultural memory of Breton monasteries from the eighth to eleventh century, exploring how Breton monks interacted with the past and present through their writings. I'm particularly interested in the role Ireland and the Irish play in these writings and the extent to which Ireland influenced Brittany's spiritual ideologies.
Supervisor: Sean Duffy
Funding: IRC Postgraduate Scholarship
|Medicalisation of Death in the Dublin City Workhouses, 1872-1920
I received my B.S. in History and Museum Studies from Towson University and my MPhil with Distinction in Modern Irish History from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2018, I presented my MPhil research on the South Dublin Union's response to the smallpox epidemic of 1871-3 at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) as a finalist for the Kirkpatrick History of Medicine Award. I co-curated the Little Museum of Dublin's new exhibition on Victorian Medicine. I am primarily interested in the history of medicine, institutions, the Irish Poor Law, poverty, and death. My research centres on the role the workhouse played in Dublin's medical landscape for the sick and dying poor in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Supervisors: Georgina Laragy, Ciaran O'Neill