I studied for my BA in Trinity and then completed my PhD in 2009. I currently work as a research assistant in the department of history.
My research focuses on two main areas. First, I am interested in violence in the early modern world and cultural representations of war and conflict. I am undertaking a comparative study on the uses of violence by English and Spanish colonists in the sixteenth century. This arose out of my PhD thesis (and forthcoming monograph) both of which investigate the outbreak of the 1641 rebellion in Ireland and provide a detailed study on how news of the rebellion appeared in English news-books. Secondly, I am interested in Irish and British social and cultural history. I look at the social order in Ireland, gesture, oral and literate culture and locate these issues in wider British and European contexts.
- The 1641 Depositions and the Irish Rebellion (external) (co-edited with Elaine Murphy and Annaleigh Margey)
- The Irish Rebellion of 1641 and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (external) (Boydell and Brewer)
- (Forthcoming 2013) "The Three Kingdoms' in Laura Knoppers (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution (external)