Shelby Zimmerman is a PhD candidate in the Department of History, School of Histories and Humanities. She received her B.S. in History and Museum Studies from Towson University and her MPhil in Modern Irish History from Trinity College, Dublin. She is primarily interested in the history of medicine, institutions, and poverty.
Her 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. It examines how the workhouse functioned as a proto-hospice through a spatial and social analysis of the institution and its occupants.