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The Trinity Long Room Hub core team is always on hand to support and facilitate the Schools in providing advice, guidance and assistance around a broad range of research issues including managing and promoting research projects and events.

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Director

Jane OhlmeyerProfessor Jane Ohlmeyer, MRIA, is Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin. She is Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and has been a pioneer in advocating for Trinity’s Arts and Humanities both nationally and internationally.  Since 2015, she has been chair of the Irish Research Council, an agency that funds frontier research across all disciplines. She has recently led Trinity’s bid as part of a consortium of partners for the successful award of €1.5million for the project ‘Shape-ID’, ‘Shaping Interdisciplinary Practices in Europe’, funded by European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. She is the author or editor of numerous articles and 11 books, including being the editor of Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of Ireland, published in 2018, and launched by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in Dublin, and by the former Vice-President Joe Biden in the United States.

A passionate teacher and an internationally established scholar of early modern Irish history, Professor Ohlmeyer was the founding Head of the School of Histories and Humanities and Trinity’s first Vice-President for Global Relations (2011-14).  She was a driving force behind the development of the Trinity Long Room Hub and the 1641 Depositions Project.  She served as a Trustee of the National Library of Scotland and the Caledonian Research Foundation, was a member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society,  President of the Irish Historical Society, and was a non-executive director of the Sunday Business Post.  She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and of a number of editorial boards.  She has been invited to serve on the Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institute’s international advisory board from 2017 to 2020.

Phone: +353 1 896 4276 | Email: jane.ohlmeyer@tcd.ie


Professor Eve Patten, Deputy Director

Ruth Barton

Eve Patten is a Professor in the School of English and a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. She has served as Head of School, Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre and Co-ordinator of the MPhil Irish Writing, and is currently the Global Director for the School of English. She lectures in nineteenth and twentieth-century British and Irish literature and is the author and editor of several books and articles in this field, including volume 5 of the Cambridge History of Irish Literature in Transition series, forthcoming in 2020. She is Irish Literature area consultant for the Oxford Online Bibliographies for British and Irish Studies and a frequent review contributor to the Irish Times, RTE and the BBC. She has served on various boards for the Irish Arts Council, the Irish Research Council and the Royal Irish Academy, and was also a representative on the inaugural committee of the Trinity Long Room Hub.

A former lecturer for the British Council in Romania, Eve remains closely involved with several universities in Central and Eastern Europe and was the Irish co-ordinator of the transnational research project that resulted in the 2014 essay collection, Ireland, West to East: Irish Cultural Connections with Central and Eastern Europe. She is an expert on the novelist Olivia Manning, on whom she published a monograph in 2012, and is currently writing a book on representations of Ireland in English literary modernism. As Deputy Director of the Hub she takes over from Professor Ruth Barton, and hopes to continue Ruth’s work as a champion of Trinity’s international research scholars and networks across the cultural, critical and creative arts disciplines.

Phone: + 353 1 896 1299 | Email: epatten@tcd.ie


Dr Caitriona Curtis, Institute Manager

Caitriona CurtisCaitriona joined the Trinity Long Room Hub as Institute Manager in 2012. She works closely with the Director on the development and implementation of the Institute’s strategic policies, programmes and initiatives. She is responsible for the financial management of the Institute, its governance and reporting, communications and public relations strategy, human resources and overall day to day operations. She is also Programme Manager of the Institute’s visiting fellowship programme (2017-20) co-funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions.

Prior to this role Caitriona worked directly with the Provost of the university, managing the diverse demands of this high profile office for 8 years as well as contributing to the development and support of key university initiatives such as strategic planning and the Creative Arts, Technologies and Cultures initiative. 

Phone: +353 1 896 4517 | Email: caitriona.curtis@tcd.ie


Maureen Burgess, Research Programme Officer

Maureen BurgessMaureen Burgess has been the research programme officer (RPO) in the Trinity Long Room Hub since autumn 2013. Her main role is to help staff affiliated to the Trinity Long Room Hub schools to identify and apply for competitive research funding. Before working in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Maureen worked in research funding administration roles in the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (now the Irish Research Council).
She holds a B Comm (European) with French from University College Cork and a Postgraduate Diploma in international business development from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Maureen can be contacted with queries regarding working with the Trinity Long Room Hub schools to access opportunities for research funding.

Phone: +353 1 896 4277 | Email: maureen.burgess@tcd.ie


Eva Muhlhause, Accounts & Projects Officer

Eva MuhlhauseEva joined the Trinity Long Room Hub in March 2008 and is the Accounts and Projects Officer with responsibility for all financial and purchasing functions as well as supporting various research projects hosted at the Institute.

In addition, she is integral to the administration of programmes such as the Research Incentive Scheme and the Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme.  She serves on various administrative financial committees on campus and is the Purchase Order Administrator for part of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prior to the Trinity Long Room Hub Eva worked in Trinity’s School of Business, the University of Missouri in Columbia, and in the private sector.

Phone: +353 1 896 4223 | Email: eva.muhlhause@tcd.ie


Dr Emily Johnson, Research Support & PA to the Director

Emily JohnsonEmily initially joined Trinity Long Room Hub as a Graduate Fellow during her PhD and has been delighted to take a more active role in the institute’s operations since. Emily can be contacted about our extensive program of public humanities events and about running arts and humanities conferences, symposia, public lectures, workshops and other research events at Trinity Long Room Hub.

Emily holds a PhD in Digital Humanities from Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral work analysed literary space and the ethics of artistic production in Roberto Bolaño’s final novel, 2666.

Phone: +353 1 896 3174 | Email: tlrh@tcd.ie


Aoife King, Communications Officer

Aoife KingAoife joined the Trinity Long Room Hub in October 2015 as Communications Officer and co-ordinator of the Consultations series. A graduate of Politics and International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, UCD and most recently in International Business from DIT, Aoife has previously worked with Tourism Ireland in Milan in a marketing role and prior to that in Irish public affairs, advising clients on parliamentary and legislative procedures, political communications and public policy.

Aoife works with the Institute team to find new ways to bring the wide-ranging research taking place in Trinity's Arts and Humanities to a wider audience, through Institute reports, signature events, social media, news e-zines, written features for the website, videos and much more.  Aoife also assists researchers with media relations around signature and co-sponsored events taking place in the Institute in conjunction with Trinity’s Communications office.

Phone: +353 1 896 3895 | Email: aoife.king@tcd.ie


Francesca O'Rafferty, Events Promotions Officer

Francesca joined the Trinity Long Room Hub in September 2017 as Events Promotions Officer. Francesca has BA in Fine Art and a MSc from TCD in Interactive Digital Media, she previously worked for the Irish Film and Television Awards(IFTA) as their multimedia manager.

Francesca works with event’s organisers, researchers, fellows and Institute supported Themes and schools to promote their work and increase public engagement through the Institute website, weekly newsletters, social media channels, podcasts and live streaming of events.

Phone: +353 1 896 4560 | Email: foraffer@tcd.ie


Dr Caoimhe Whelan, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Research Fellow

Caoimhe is working on the public history documentary project, From That Small Island: The Story of the Irish, based at the Trinity Long Room Hub. This project, a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and the University of Notre Dame, examines Irish history and identity through the ages.

Caoimhe holds a PhD from the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin which examined the influence of the writer Gerald of Wales on the medieval and early modern historiography of Ireland. This was funded by the Irish Research Council and she was awarded the title of Daniel O’Connell Scholar by the council for this fellowship. Caoimhe subsequently held a two-year IRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Trinity Medieval History Research Centre on the earliest English language writing in Ireland. She has an MA from the Department of English at University College Cork in Medieval and Renaissance literature and a BA in History and English from Cork where she was College Scholar.

She has taught in the Department of History at Trinity and her research interests include: book and textual history, translation, social history, identity, and the Irish abroad. Caoimhe is also Honorary Secretary of the heritage and research group, the Friends of Medieval Dublin.

Email:ctwhelan@tcd.ie


Dr Nina Shiel, Research Programme Officer

Nina joined the Trinity Long Room Hub as Research Programme Officer in January 2019 as part of an Enterprise Ireland –cofunded project to increase the participation of Trinity’s Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences researchers in the EU H2020 funding programme. She shares her time between the Hub and the Research Development Office.  Her role has a strong strategic aspect in terms of horizon scanning and facilitating opportunities for European funding, and she also works with individual AHSS researchers on EU funding identification and proposal development.  Prior to joining Trinity, Nina worked in similar roles in Lancaster University and Dublin City University, and she has a long background in varied roles across academia as a researcher, lecturer and administrator. 

Nina has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Dublin City University; M.Litt in Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies from Trinity, and BA (Mod) in Ancient History and Archaeology with Latin also from Trinity. She is passionate about interdisciplinary research and research communication in new and interesting forms..

Phone :+353 1 896 4013 Email: nina.shiel@tcd.ie


Dr Sarah Kerr, Projects Officer

Aoife KingSarah Kerr holds a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. Her doctoral work, funded by DEL, explored the architecture and social context of late medieval lodging ranges in England and Wales. She held previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven before joining the Trinity Long Room Hub as a Research Fellow and Project Officer in September 2017. Her research interests include medieval buildings, perception of architecture and communal living in Western Europe and her publications include work on Irish round towers, feudalism and lodging ranges of English castles.

Sarah is the Project Officer for two of Trinity’s Arts and Humanities-led research themes, Identities in Transformation and Making Ireland. Sarah can be contacted with enquiries regarding funding, projects, communication and collaboration related to the themes.

Phone: +353 1 896 4490 | Email: sarah.kerr@tcd.ie

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