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Professor Alan Kramer- Director
Dr Fergus Robson - Associate Director

Dr Gearóid BarryLibrary and Archives Canada
Dr Seán Brady
Dr Joseph Clarke
Dr Eamon Darcy
Jerome Devitt
Dr Anne Dolan
Dr Alex James Dowdall
Dr Julia Eichenberg
Dr Jane Finucane
Professor David Fitzpatrick
Dr Susan Foran
Sarah Frank
Caoimhe Gallagher
Richard Gow
Dr Brian Hughes
Dr Tomás Irish
Dr Heather Jones
Dr Sylvie Kleinman
Professor Alan Kramer
Stephen McQuillan
Dr Edward Madigan

Dr Mahon Murphy
Dr Conor Kostick
Professor Eunan O'Halpin
Professor Jane Ohlmeyer
Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú
Dr Catriona Pennell
Professor I.S. Robinson
Maeve Ryan
Dr Martina Salvante
Dr Claudia Siebrecht
Dr Daniel Steinbach
Dr Justin Dolan Stover
Dr Vanessa Ther
Fionnuala Walsh



Members of the Centre for War Studies consist of Permanent Members of Staff, Research Fellows, Postgraduate Students, and External Associates. The members are listed alphabetically


Dr Gearóid Barry gearoid.barry@nuigalway.ieBarry

Gearóid Barry is a Lecturer in Modern European History at NUI Galway. Gearóid’s research interests include the First World War, pacifism, religion and the transnational networks associated with such movements. His current project considers pacifism in Europe and America in transnational perspective in the era of the First World War. His teaching portfolio at NUI Galway ranges across modern and contemporary European history but with specialisms in the histories of France, of religion and of the First and Second World Wars in Europe.

His recent publications include a monograph The Disarmament of Hatred: Marc Sangnier, French Catholicism and the Legacy of the First World War, 1914-45, published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2012, which examined a series of Catholic-inspired interwar peace congresses as exemplars of ‘cultural demobilization’ after the First World War. As a ‘book of broad canvases’ [Journal of Ecclesiastical History, vol. 64 (Oct. 2013), p. 861], it places the French Catholic intellectual Marc Sangnier firmly in the transnational contexts of the peace movement, international diplomacy and European civil society in the era of two World Wars.

Gearóid Barry obtained his B.A. (Mod.) in History & Political Science at Trinity College Dublin where he was also a foundation scholar. A former Government of Ireland Research Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences, he completed his Ph.D. in History at Trinity College Dublin in 2005 on the peace movement in interwar France. During his doctoral research, Gearóid was also the holder of an award from the Fondation Irlandaise in Paris. An external associate of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, he is also a member of the Society for the Study of French History and of the International Society for the First World War Studies. Gearóid has also been an invited speaker at the Maison de la Recherche, Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Gearóid has also published several articles on France and the Ruhr crisis of 1923, the militarization of youth culture, and the modern papacy and Christian Democracy, notably ‘“The other Germany”: the Freiburg International Democratic Peace Congress and the Ruhr invasion, 1923,’ European History Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 1 (January 2011), pp. 25-49 ; ‘“The Crusade of Youth.”: Pacifism and the militarization of youth culture in Marc Sangnier’s peace congresses, 1923-32’ in Jennifer Keene & Michael A. Neiberg (eds), Finding Common Ground: New Directions in First World War Studies (Brill, Leiden, 2010), pp. 239-66 ; ‘Rehabilitating a radical Catholic: Pope Benedict XV and Marc Sangnier, 1914-22,’ Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 60, No. 3 (July 2009), pp. 514-33 ; ‘Marc Sangnier’s War, 1914-1919: Portrait of a Soldier, Catholic and Social Activist’ in Pierre Purseigle (ed.), Warfare and Belligerence. Perspectives in First World War Studies (Brill, Leiden, 2005), pp. 125-50.

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Dr Seán Brady bradysf@gmail.comBrady

Sean’s research centres on Italian experiences of the Great War, but also extends to comparative and transnational histories of urban and rural war cultures in the First World War era, as well as the inter-allied occupations of the Ottoman Empire in the years 1918–23.
He completed his Ph.D. dissertation at Trinity College Dublin in 2014. His thesis, entitled ‘Sicily at War: The Province of Catania and the Experience of the Great War, 1914–1922’, focuses on the experiences and legacies of the First World War in Sicily. It examines how the conflict impacted on the socio-economic, political and cultural fabric of the island, and details how the experiences and memories of the war have affected the course of Sicilian and Italian history.
An ex-Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar, Sean was awarded the Gail Braybon Prize for Best Postgraduate Paper by the International Society for First World War Studies in 2009.

‘Des groupes mécontentes ou des agitateurs pacifistes? Les manifestations populaires dans la province sicilienne de Catane, mai-octobre 1917’, in François Bouloc, Rémy Cazals & André Loez (eds.), Identités troublées, 1914-1918: Les appartenances sociales et nationales à l’épreuve de la guerre, Toulouse: Ed. Privat, 2011.
‘From Peacetime to Wartime: The Sicilian Province of Catania and Italian Intervention in the Great War, July 1914-September 1915’, in James Kitchen, Alisa Miller & Laura Rowe (eds.), Other combatants, Other Fronts. Competing Histories of the First World War, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2011.


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Dr Joseph Clarke clarkej1@tcd.ieClarke

My research revolves around the political and cultural history of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. Since coming to Trinity College after my doctoral studies in the European University Institute, Florence, my research has addressed a number of themes. The first of these concerned the rôle of remembrance in Revolutionary political culture, a project which resulted in the publication of a monograph, Commemorating the Dead in Revolutionary France, with Cambridge University Press in 2007. More recently, my interests have branched out in two related but distinct directions, and my current research deals with the relationship between Revolutionary politics and popular religious culture and the impact of warfare upon civilian life in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. With this in view, I am organizing a conference on the theme of military occupation during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars to be held in conjunction with an exhibition on the Library’s Napoleonic holdings in the summer of 2009. In addition to my teaching and research at Trinity College, I am a member of the management committee of the Society for the Study of French History.

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Dr Eamon Darcy darcye@tcd.ieDarcy

Eamon Darcy’s doctoral thesis, entitled Pogroms, Politics and Print: The 1641 Depositions and contemporary print culture, is an analysis of printed and scribal propaganda relating to the Irish Rebellion of 1641. These became the chief evidence for the hotly contested massacre of Protestants by native Irish Catholics, and the subsequent justification by Oliver Cromwell for the atrocities committed at Drogheda in 1649. It offers a study of the cultural representations of war and atrocities in Ireland, Europe and the New World during the seventeenth century. It will compare events in Ireland during the 1640s with those in Europe during the Thirty Years War and the massacre of English Settlers in Virginia in 1622 among other "bloody" events of the early modern period in the Old and New Worlds. Through this Pogroms, politics and print elucidates the place of war, massacre and atrocity in the early modern mindset and enhances our understanding of propaganda in the seventeenth century.
At the moment Eamon is re-writing aspects of his thesis for publication. His future primary research will involve a comparative investigation of massacres in the Americas.

April 2010 – June 2010 Folger Short-Term Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library ($ 5,000)
Aug 2008 – Oct 2008 Huntington Fellowship, The Huntington Library ($ 5,000)
Oct 2006 – Oct 2009 Postgraduate studentship from Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (€ 48,000 over three years)

Recent Publications:
Forthcoming  ‘Accusations of Atrocity: The 1641 rebellion and the conquest of the Americas’ in History Ireland (2011)
Forthcoming ‘Protestants in peril: The Portadown Massacre of 1641’ in The 1641 Depositions and the Irish Rebellion
Forthcoming The 1641 Depositions and the Irish Rebellion (ed.)
Forthcoming Review of Constructing the Past: Writing Irish History for Irish Historical Studies
Forthcoming Review article in European History Quarterly ‘Ireland and Europe’Jan 2010 ‘England and the 1641 Irish Rebellion’ review article in History Ireland

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Jerome Devitt

Jerome is a second year PhD student investigating the British and Irish Executive's reaction to Transatlantic Fenianism in the late 1860s. He views the defensive system in the light of recent developments in Counter-insurgency practice and theory. His interdisciplinary research project will engage with aspects of military, naval, legal, diaspora, administrative, and Transnational history. Of particular interest to his research project is the implementation of deterrent policies and the media reception of such policies.

He was recently awarded an Irish Research Council - "Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship" that commenced in Autumn 2013. He also spent a portion of summer 2013 as a "Dobbin Scholar" of the Irish Canadian University Foundation, studying with Dr David A Wilson at the University of Toronto.
Further information on his project can be found at:

Dr Anne Dolan

Anne Dolan is Lecturer in Modern Irish History at Trinity College Dublin and Secretary of the Irish Historical Society. Her recent publications include:
- Anne Dolan, Patrick M.Geoghegan, Darryl Jones, Reinterpreting Emmet: essays on the life and legacy of Robert Emmet, Dublin, UCD Press, 2007, 1-258pp
- 'It might be just as well, perhaps, to forget about poor Emmet' in, editor(s), Anne Dolan, Patrick M. Geoghegan, Darryl Jones, Reinterpreting Emmet: essays on the life and legacy of Robert Emmet, Dublin, UCD Press, 2007, pp196 - 210,
- Anne Dolan, Cormac K.H. O'Malley, 'No surrender here!' The civil war papers of Ernie O'Malley, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2007, vi - 625pp'
Killing and Bloody Sunday, November 1920', The Historical Journal, 49, (3), 2006, p789 - 810
- 'The IRA, intelligence and Bloody Sunday, 1920' in, editor(s) Eunan O'Halpin, Robert Armstrong & Jane Ohlmeyer , Intelligence, Statecraft and International Power Irish Conference of Historians, Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2006, pp119 - 131,
- Commemorating the Irish Civil War: history and memory, 1923-2000, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003, 238pp

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Alex James Dowdall Alex

Alex is a Post-doctoral research fellow with the EP Geremek Chair of European Civilisations, College of Europe, Natolin, Warsaw. He studied history at Trinity College Dublin and St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, and completed his PhD in History at Trinity College Dublin in October 2014. His research examines the direct effects of the First World War on civilian populations. His PhD thesis, entitled ‘Under Fire: Civilians at the Western Front, 1914-1918’, is a socio-cultural history of the French civilian communities living under fire at the front. It charts the local dynamics of national mobilisations, the effects of the war on local communities, as well as the consequences of the extension of military violence to civilian populations.

At the College of Europe Alex is continuing his research into the effects of the First World War on Europe’s civilian populations. In particular, he is focusing on the history of forced displacement and refugees in France and Europe during the First World War. He is also working towards producing his first monograph.

He held an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship for his doctoral work, and the Bourse Gerda Henkel du Centre International de Recherche de l’Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne, among other awards.

‘Civils et militaires à Cassel ou l’émergence de nouvelles relations,’ in  Musée Départemental de Flandre, ed., Aux portes du Chaos, l'arrière-front en Flandre pendant la Première Guerre mondiale/ Aan de poorten van de chaos: achter het front van WO1 in Vlaanderen, (Cassel: 2011)

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Dr Julia Eichenberg eichenbj@tcd.ieEichenberg

Julia Eichenberg is a postdoctoral research fellow at Humboldt University (DAAD reintegration fellowship). She recently started working on her new project "The London Moment. A transnational Microcosm of Exile Governments
during the Second World War and beyond". From 2008-2010, Julia was employed as an IRCHSS postdoctoral fellow at the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin, working on a a comparative study of paramilitary violence in Poland and Ireland after the First World War. She continued this project as an ERC postdoctoral Research Fellow within the project ‘The Limits of Demobilization” at the School of History and Archives, University College Dublin, in 2010-2011.

Her earlier doctoral research, based at the University of Tübingen, focused on Polish veterans of the First World War and their participation in an international veterans movement. She studied History, Political Science and Modern Anglophone Literature at the Universities of Tübingen, Münster and Sussex, gaining a M.A. in 2005. Julia has published on violence, veterans’ welfare, pacifism and international collaboration in the interwar period. Most recently, her first book on Polish veterans and their international contacts was published by Oldenbourg, Munich:

- Kämpfen für Frieden und Fürsorge. Polnische Weltkriegsveteranen und die Internationale Veteranenbewegung in der Zwischenkriegszeit (Studien zur Internationalen Geschichte, Bd. 27) Munich: Oldenbourg 2011.

As Editor:
Aftershocks. Violence in Dissolving Empires after the First World War. Journal of Contemporary European History, Volume 19, Special Issue 3, August 2010. (Guest Editor with John Paul Newman).

Articles and Chapters:

- 'Soldiers to Civilians, Civilians to Soldiers: Poland and Ireland after the First World War', in: Robert Gerwarth / John Horne (eds.): Paramilitary Violence after the First World War. [Oxford/ New York: Oxford University Press 2012, in Print].
- War Experience and the National State in Poland – Veterans and Welfare in the 20th Century, in: Veterans and War Victims in Eastern Europe during the 20th Century: A Comparison. (Guest editors Katrin Boeckh, Natali Stegmann). Comparativ 20 (2011) H. 5, pp. 50-62.
- ‘Suspicious Pacifists’. The Dilemma of Polish Veterans Fighting War during the 1920s and 1930s.” In: Michael S. Neiberg, Jennifer D. Keene (eds.), Finding Common Grounds. New Directions in First World War Studies. Leiden: Brill 2011, pp. 293-312.
- Introduction: Aftershocks. Violence in Dissolving Empires after the First World War. JCEH, 19 (2010) 3, pp. 183-194 (with John Paul Newman).  The Dark Side of Independence. Religiously and ethnically motivated Violence in Poland and Ireland. 1918-1923. In: Aftershocks. JCEH, 19 (2010) 3, pp.
- Söldner der Besatzer oder Helden des Unabhängigkeitskampfes? - Die Debatte um die polnischen Veteranen des Ersten Weltkriegs“, in: Stegmann, Natali (eds.), Die Weltkriegs als symbolische Bezugspunkte: Poland, die Tschechoslowakei, die Ukraine und Deutschland nach dem Ersten und Zweiten Weltkrieg. Prag 2009, pp. 147-168.
- Stiefsöhne des Vaterlands. Die polnischen Veteranen des Ersten Weltkriegs und die Debatte um ihre Versorgung, 1918- 1939. In: Nordost-Archiv (NOA), Band XVII (2008): Über den Weltkrieg hinaus: Kriegserfahrungen in
Ostmitteleuropa., pp. 176-194.
- Several book reviews for Nordost-Archiv, Irish Historical Studies, HSozKul

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Dr Jane Finucane Finucane

Jane Finucane is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Glamorgan. Her research interests are in seventeenth-century War and Society, History of Science, Book History, and Religious Reformation. Dr Finucane is a graduate of Trinity College, where she obtained a B.A. (Mod.) in European Studies and M.Phil. degree in Reformation and Enlightenment Studies. She completed her doctoral thesis with the History Department under the supervision of Dr Helga Robinson-Hammerstein in 2007. The focus was on the city of Magdeburg in the century of religious wars, between 1550 and 1631. Dr Finucane acted as temporary lecturer in Early Modern History of Continental Europe at Trinity College in 2007-8.Dr Finucane is managing editor of the biannual History of Universities Journal (OUP).

Her publications include:
- Jane Finucane and Helga Robinson-Hammerstein (eds), Alexander Seitz: Improving Life on Earth (Dublin, 2006)
- Jane Finucane and Helga Robinson-Hammerstein (eds), ‘Ain Grosser Preis‘. The Long Life of a Medieval Polemic (Dublin, 2001) (with Helga Robinson-Hammerstein): translation and analysis of a sixteenth-century German pamphlet.

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Professor David Fitzpatrick

David Fitzpatrick is the author of several works relating to Ireland in the period of the Great War and subsequent revolution, including Politics and Irish Life, 1913-1921: Provincial Experience of War and Revolution (1977, 1998), The Two Irelands, 1912-1939 (1998), and Harry Boland's Irish Revolution (2003). He has written various articles on motives for recruitment and the scale of Irish involvement in the Great War, and edited a seminal volume of undergraduate essays published by the Trinity History Workshop, Ireland and the First World War (1986, 1988). He is currently preparing a history of the Orange Order in Ireland, to be preceded by a biography of Louis MacNeice's father, in which the personal impact of the war on a pacifist clergyman is a major theme. He is prepared to supervise post-graduate research on Ireland's involvement in the Great War, especially on the personal experiences of participants, and on its domestic economic and social impact.

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Dr Susan Foran foransu@tcd.ieForan

Susan Foran is an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. Dr Foran's project, `The politics of romance: Chronicling chivalry at the courts of medieval Christendom' examines the specific political and cultural milieu of the court of Robert II of Scotland (1371-90), and in particular Barbour's Bruce (c. 1375), through comparison with contemporary aristocratic and royal biographies from England (La vie du Prince Noir (c.1385)) and France (Machaut's La prise d'Alixandre (c.1372/3) and Cuvelier's La chanson de Bertrand du Guesclin (c.1381)). This project clarifies a late medieval appreciation of the idea of chivalry, and assesses its cultural, political and ideological function at the Scottish, English and French courts.

Dr Foran is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she completed her doctoral thesis (`Biography, romance and chivalry: Barbour's The Bruce and Chandos Herald's La vie du Prince Noir, 2007), to be published 2011. She also completed The Galloglass Project, funded by Irish Scottish Academic Initiative.

Recent publications:

'"A great romance": Chivalry and war in Barbour's Bruce', Fourteenth-century England, ed. Chris Given-Wilson (Woodbridge, 2010); `"Men that usys thai mysteris": chivalric communities in late medieval Britain' in The English Isles. Cultural transmission and political conflict in medieval Britain, c.1100-c.1500, ed. Seán Duffy and Susan Foran (Forthcoming: Dublin, 2010); Blind Harry's The Wallace, Chandos Herald's La vie du Prince Noir, Vita Edwardi Secundi, Historia vitae et regni Ricardi Secundi in Encyclopaedia of the Medieval Chronicle (Leiden, 2010).

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Sarah Frank

Sarah has recently completed her doctorate entitled ‘Colonial prisoners of war and Vichy France: experiences and politics 1940-1942’ under Professor John Horne’s supervision and with funding from the IRC (formerly IRCHSS). This project looks at the experience of the colonial prisoners of war (CPOWs) in occupied France. Men from all over the French colonies and protectorates fought in the French army in 1939-1940. With the defeat of the French tens of thousands of these men were captured by the German army. While French prisoners were taken to Germany, the CPOWs were interned in Frontstalags throughout occupied France. Technically under German authority, the Vichy government, through their own policy of collaboration, were responsible for much of the CPOWs’ welfare. The strategic importance of North Africa influenced both German and French propaganda towards these prisoners. Through work groups, prisoners came in contact with the local French populations who often helped organize escapes. This raises many questions. How did Vichy react to the question of CPOWs? Was there silence on the subject, or an evaporation of the paternal instinct that traditionally characterized military views on colonial soldiers? Were they simply ignored as some historians have suggested?
Sarah graduated from Hamilton College, NY in 2003 with a double major in History and French. Sarah’s French thesis was entitled, ‘Réalité(s)? : l’Historiographie des femmes nobles au moyen age à travers le roman de Tristan’ and her history thesis looked at how gender roles in the economy change under the influence of Colonialism with a specific focus on the Yoruba market women of Nigeria.
After graduating from Hamilton Sarah served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Guinea where she taught English and History in a rural high school. Following that Sarah was Director of Admission for the Suffolk University Dakar campus in Senegal. In 2007 Sarah completed an M.Phil in Modern Irish History at Trinity College. Her dissertation was entitled "Honoured or Ignored?: The Return of Irish Volunteers from Second World War British Forces".
Sarah’s research interests include French colonial history and twentieth century African history. She speaks French fluently and can negotiate badly in pulaar and wolof.

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Dr Caoimhe Gallagher

Dr. Caoimhe Gallagher has been a Senior Freshman Tutor in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin since 2009 where she has taught Continental European History of the 19th and 20th Centuries and Maynooth University, where she taught a MA course, French for Historians. Her PhD thesis titled Divided Neutrality 1914-1918 – The Impact of the First World War on Swiss Francophone and Swiss Germanophone Opinion was supervised by Prof. John Horne. It argues that the war, in particular the invasion of Belgium 1914 and the linguistic divisions that emerged in response, played a significant role in the realignment of Swiss public opinion which ultimately reconfigured Swiss interpretations of neutrality, Swiss exceptionalism, its role in foreign conflict, trade and economic development, humanitarianism and immigration policy. She is both a Swiss Federal Research Scholar and IRCHSS (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences) Post-Graduate Scholar.

She is currently working on a publication for Routledge which focusses on militant Jihadi recruitment in Switzerland during the First World War and militant nationalist interaction, in particular Turkish, Indian, Egyptian and Irish nationalists in Switzerland during the war. She will be presenting on this topic at UCD's flagship centenaries conference Globalising the 1916 Rising in UCD O'Reilly Hall on 5 and 6 February 2016.
She has a keen interest in architecture and urban planning of the 1920s, which she taught and lectured on at Queen’s University Belfast, 2011. She has just finished a publication on Corbusier and Swiss ephemeral exhibition architecture for L’Harmattan. She is currently working on the influence architectural modernism in China in the 1920s and the organisational and artistic parallels between the Bauhaus and Vkhutemas/Vkhutein.
She has also lectured at Queen’s University Belfast on a diverse range of subjects including Architecture and Urban planning of the 1920s in Germany, Russia and China, the Bauhaus and Vkhutemas/Vkhutein, Soviet Science fiction writing, Expressionist and Soviet Realist Film and literature, Paramilitary violence in the interwar Europe, period including paramilitary violence in India during the interwar period, Sport and inter war international relations.
She has a keen interest in second language acquisition. She has studied advanced Russian, intermediate Mandarin Chinese and Farsi/Dari/Persian at TCD and has sat the TORFL Russian language proficiency exam in April 2012, awarded by Moscow State University and is due to sit Level 3 (HSK) Mandarin language proficiency exam in December 2015.
She is a fluent Irish, French and German speaker and has studied at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, funded by the DAAD research scholarship and University of Zurich and ETH Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich funded by the Swiss Federal Research Scholarship. She also holds French and German BA (International) degree from University College Dublin. She holds a certificate in Czech language from Charles University Prague, has a reading knowledge of Dutch, studied at University of Zurich and written Hindi/Urdu.

Other research interests include contemporary historiography and post-modern theory, contemporary architecture and continental aesthetics, identity politics, theories of neutrality and nationalism and 20th century economic theory and Al-Ghazali Ihya' Ulum al-Din.
She has a keen interest in contemporary war and conflict reporting. In particular, national identity within Central Asian and the Caucasus following the break-up of the Soviet Union. She has travelled extensively in the Caucasus region, interviewing Russian and Georgian soldiers in relation to the disputed Abkhaz, South Ossetian and Georgian border regions following the Georgian-Russian crisis of 2008.
She is currently volunteering with the volunteer humanitarian translation project based in Berlin, Refugee Phrasebook. The project has published a medical phrasebook, orientation phrasebook, essential phrases for refugees in over 30 languages. The project is currently working on a legal phrasebook.

Recent Academic Publications:
“Le Corbusier – The Francophone Swiss Nationalist’s Internationalist?” in Ephemeral Architecture in Central-Eastern Europe, (L’Harmattan, Forthcoming, 2015)
“Neutralité éclatée : la réaction de la presse suisse à l’invasion de la Belgique” in François Bouloc, Rémy Cazals and André Loez (eds.), 1914-1918, Identités troublées. Les appartenances sociales et nationales à l’épreuve de la guerre,Toulouse, Privat, 2011.
Academic Event Organisation:
2010-2011 Centre for War Studies, Trinity College Dublin monthly seminar series Methodologies in the study of war in the Twentieth Century co-organised with fellow IRCHSS scholars Tomás Irish and Seán Brady.

Richard Gow Gow

Richard is a graduate of the European Studies programme in Trinity College Dublin and also holds an M. Phil. degree in the same. He is currently an Irish Research Council-funded PhD student in the Department of Hispanic Studies, under the supervision of Dr Susana Bayó Belenguer. His research concerns the intellectual currents present within the Spanish army in the period culminating in the military dictatorship of General Primo de Rivera, 1923-1930. Primarily historical in focus and methodology, his investigation will consider the 'brutalising' effect of Spain's experience of war from 1898 until the end of the Restoration in 1931, as well as the army's role in the emergence of a modern right-wing nationalism in Spain. By examining how the military sought to apply its technical expertise to the governance of Spanish society his work will also consider how the Spanish officer corps promoted a form of 'dual modernity' that incorporated progressive and reactionary tendencies simultaneously.

His M. Phil. thesis focused on the roles of 'nation' and 'social justice' in the discourse of José Antonio Primo de Rivera and the Falange Española, 1933-1936, and he has worked comparatively on the thought of José Ortega y Gasset and Herbert Marcuse. Richard's broader research interests include fin-de-siècle political thought in France and Spain, and the emergence of the extreme right(s) in Europe.


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Professor John Horne - Director Horne

John Horne is Professor of Modern European History, Trinity College Dublin, and was the first Director of the Centre for War Studies, 2008-2010.He is a member of the Executive Board of the Research Centre of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Mémorial de Verdun and the Liberty Memorial National World War One Museum in Kansas City. He is the author of several books and over seventy chapters and articles, many relating to the history of war. His edited volume, State, Society and Mobilization in Europe during the First World War (Cambridge, 1997), appeared in Chinese (Beijing Institute of Technology Press, 2008). His study (with Alan Kramer), German Atrocities, 1914. A History of Denial (Yale, 2001) was translated into German (2003) and French (2005). In 2008 he organized the Thomas Davis lectures broadcast by RTE on ‘Our War: Ireland and the Great War’ (published by the Royal Irish Academy). In 2010, he published two edited works, A Companion to World War One (Blackwell-Wiley) and Vers la guerre totale: le tournant de 1914-1915 (Paris, Tallandier). He is currently working on a history of France in the Great War. Professor Horne will consider supervision in any area of the First World War and in 20th century French history.

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Dr Brian Hughes Hughes

Brian Hughes is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin. From 2013 to 2014 he was an associate editor and postdoctoral researcher on Letters of 1916. His research interests focus on twentieth century Ireland and include civilian and community responses to violence during the Irish Revolution, 1916-1923, and the narratives created in the process of claiming for redress after political violence.  

Brian completed his PhD in TCD in 2013. His thesis, entitled Defying the IRA: intimidation, coercion and communities in Ireland, 1917-1922, examined violence and, more particularly, the threat of violence in terms of both its victims and its influence on behaviour in a community setting during the Irish Revolution. By extension, it also considered notions of popular support, loyalty and allegiance. He is currently working on a monograph based on his PhD thesis which is under contract with Liverpool University Press.

Brian is co-organising a Centre for War Studies workshop, 'Uncoventional Warfare: Guerillas and Counter-Insurgency from Iraq to Antiquity', to be held in TCD in Spring 2015.

- Deying the IRA: intimidation, coercion and communities during the Irish Revolution (Liverpoool, forthcoming)
- '"Well may we be proud of him": living with the deaths of the leaders of the Easter Rising' in Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciaran Wallace (eds), Grave matters: death and dying in Dublin 1500-2000 (Dublin, forthcoming)
- 16 Lives: Michael Mallin (Dublin, 2012)
- 'Persecuting the Peelers' in David Fitzpatrick (ed), Terror in Ireland, 1916-1923 (Dublin, 2012)

Dr Tomás Irish - Irish

Tomás Irish is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for War Studies and is writing a history of Trinity College Dublin in the period 1912-23. He also serves as advisor to the Provost of the College on issues pertaining to Ireland's 'Decade of Commemorations.'

Tomás completed his PhD dissertation at Trinity College Dublin in 2012. His thesis, Universities and the Great War: Britain, France, and the United States of America, 1914-1931, examined how academic knowledge was mobilized to solve problems which emerged during the First World War. This comparative project focused both on examples from individual institutions as well as more general trends in the countries considered, and demonstrated that this mobilization of academic expertise was experienced in similar ways in the three cases concerned. The repercussions of this state led intervention were vast and shaped state/university relations for decades to follow. The dissertation also examined ways in which academic communities, be they local, national, or international experienced the shock of war, and showed how universities were important sites for the creation of shared inter-allied values as the war progressed.The monograph arising from the dissertation will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in April 2015.

Tomás is co-organised a major international conference which will took place at Trinity College Dublin in August 2014, entitled 'The Academic World in the Era of the Great War.'

Tomás was an Ussher fellow at Trinity College from 2007-2010 and held an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship in 2010-2011. In 2009 he was awarded a scholarship by the Historial de la Grande Guerre at Péronne (Somme). In 2013 he was awarded a Craig C. Dobbin Scholarship by the Ireland-Canada University Foundation and in 2014 was awarded an International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE) early career bursary to attend their annual conference in London. He was also the co-organiser of the Centre for War Studies seminar series Methodologies in the Study of War in the Twentieth Century in 2010/11.


‘“The aims of science are the antitheses to those of war”: The debate about Academic Science in Britain and France during the First World War’, in Alisa Miller, Laura Rowe and James Kitchen (eds.), Other Combatants, Other Fronts: Competing Histories of the First World War (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2011), pp. 29-54.

'Grande Bretagne pendant la premiere guerre mondiale', Historiens et geographes: abécédaire de la grande guerre 1, 427 (July-August 2014), p. 143.

'La Grande Bretagne et la bataille de la Somme', Historiens et geographes: abécédaire de la grande guerre2, 428 (October-November 2014), p. 223.

'Fractured Families: Educated Elites in Britain and France and the Challenge of the Great War', Historical Journal, Vol. 57, Issue 2 (June 2014), pp. 509-530.

'A Man Called Mahaffy: An Irish Cosmopolitan Confronts Crisis', accepted for publication by Historical Research.

'From International to Inter-Allied: Transatlantic University relations in the era of the First World War, 1905-1920', in Charlotte Lerg and Thomas Adam eds., "Professors, Students, Universities and the Creation of an Atlantic Culture in the 20th Century', special edition of the Journal of Transatlantic Studies (forthcoming: Autumn, 2015).

The University at War: Britain, France and the United States 1914-25 (Forthcoming, April 2015: Palgrave Macmillan).

Trinity in War and Revolution, 1912-23 (Forthcoming, 2015: Royal Irish Academy Press).

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Dr Heather Jones Jones

Dr Heather Jones is a Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is a specialist in First World War Studies with a particular interest in the evolution of wartime violence and the cultural impact of the conflict in Britain, France and Germany. She is a former IRCHSS Lecturer in European History at Trinity College, Dublin and held a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence. She also held a research position at the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. She is currently working on a new monograph on the propaganda representation of the economic blockade of Germany during the First World War.

Heather Jones obtained her B.A. at Trinity College Dublin where she was a foundation scholar and holds an M.Phil. from St John's College, Cambridge. A former Government of Ireland Research Scholar in the Humanities and Social Sciences, she completed her Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin, in 2006, on wartime violence against prisoners of war in Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920, a study which was awarded the Eda Sagarra Medal by the Government of Ireland Research Council in the Humanities and Social Sciences. During her doctoral studies, she spent a year as an affiliated student at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne and an external associate of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. She is also a senior member of the International Society for First World War Studies.

Her recent publications include the monograph Violence Against Prisoners of War in the First World War: Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011) and the edited book, Untold War. New Perspectives in First World War Studies (Boston; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2008) which she jointly edited with Christoph Schmidt-Supprian and Jennifer O'Brien. She is also the author of a number of scholarly chapters and articles, including: Heather Jones, "Imperial Captivities: Colonial Prisoners of War in Germany and the Ottoman Empire, 1914-1918," in Santanu Das, ed., Race, Empire and First World War Writing (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011); Heather Jones, "The Prisoner of War Camp, the Modern State and the Radicalization of Captivity, 1914-1918," Mittelweg 36, Journal of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research (2011), pp. 59-75; Heather Jones, "International or Transnational? Humanitarian Action during the First World War," European Review of History, 16, 5 (2009), pp. 697-713; Heather Jones, "A Missing Paradigm? Military Captivity and the Prisoner of War, 1914-1920," Immigrants and Minorities, 26, Issues 1/2 (March/July 2008), pp.19-48; Heather Jones, "The Final Logic of Sacrifice? Violence in German Prisoner of War Labor Companies in 1918," The Historian, vol. 68, no. 4 (winter 2006), pp. 770-791; Heather Jones, "The German Spring Reprisals of 1917: Prisoners of War and the Violence of the Western Front," German History (2008), pp. 335-356; Heather Jones, "Encountering the 'Enemy': Prisoner of War Transport and the Development of War Cultures in 1914" in Pierre Purseigle ed., Warfare and Belligerence: Perspectives in First World War Studies (Boston; Leiden, Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), pp. 133-162; Heather Jones, "How do you assess Rapallo in the context of early German Foreign Policy?", History Studies, History Society Journal, University of Limerick, vol. 2 (autumn 2000), pp. 84-93.

In 2010, Heather Jones was selected to be included in Mosaic: A Celebration of Irish Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a book commissioned by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). This commemorative book profiled 27 outstanding IRCHSS awardees of the last decade and marked the special occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Research Council.

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Dr Sylvie Kleinman Kleinman

Sylvie studied history and translation in Paris and lectures in Irish history at Trinity (1775-1845). Her thesis is being revised for publication under the working title The War in Words Translating, Persuading, Invading: United Irishmen and French military strategy (1792-1805). Based on extensive research in French archives and ongoing research collaboration with international specialist scholars (namely at the Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution française), it examines language and communication as an essential function of the strategic military partnership between Revolutionary France and the United Irishmen. It demonstrates how famous nationalist heroes such as Theobald Wolfe Tone and Robert Emmet fared in their ad hoc role of bilingual lobbyist, propagandist and military translator, but also brings to light the agency of obscure Irish exiles who exploited their mastery of the English language to serve the French war effort against Britain, while advocating the cause of Irish freedom. This defining episode of Irish nationalist history can inform current debates on the ‘Total War’ of the pre-industrial age, and provides compelling evidence of 18th century ‘sykewar’ practices.

Membership of the Languages at War project has been vital in allowing Sylvie to broaden her research approach, namely on the soldier-civilian interface during occupations and the draw-down of forces. Her paper at the inaugural LAW conference (Imperial War Museum, London April 2011) forms the second chapter in the published proceedings, Hillary Footitt & Michael Kelly (eds.), Languages and the Military Alliances, Occupation and Peace Building, which Palgrave MacMillan will publish on 10 August 2012.
Sylvie was an IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Fellow in TCD (2007-9) and examined Theobald Wolfe Tone's travels, adventures and military career in France and French-occupied Europe (1796 -1798) , against the backdrop of Napoleon's rise to power. Her contribution to Murphy & Genet-Rouffiac (eds.), Franco-Irish Military Links 1590-1945 (Dublin 2009), was recognised as ‘one of the strongest contributions in the volume.’ (Irish Historical Studies XXXVII 145 May 2010, 129), and reviewed as follows:
‘Sylvie Kleinman’s very substantial and pioneering scholarly essay on Theobald Wolfe Tone’s sojourn in France as French officer and Irish patriot adventurer (1796–8) provides a fascinating insight into this overlooked chapter in Tone’s life and in Franco–Irish military connections. Kleinman’s engaging and in-depth analysis draws extensively on a sizeable corpus of primary source material, is appropriately embedded in relevant secondary literature, and the overall treatment of the subject is significantly enriched by the author’s adoption of a multidisciplinary approach.’ (Professor Mary-Ann Lyons, H-France website).
She has published conference papers in French, been a guest at the academy of St Cyr Quoëtquidan, and is a member of the Military History Society of Ireland. Her commitment to introducing war studies at undergraduate level has been partially fulfilled by the Liberal Arts module she designed and delivered in UCD (spring 2012), War Culture and Society in the long 18th century.

Select publications:
`Un brave de plus': la carrière militaire de Theobald Wolfe Tone, héros du nationalisme irlandais et officier francais, 1796-1798, in Revue Historique des Armées France-Irlande n°253/2008, 55-65. (minus illustrations)

`L'Irlande dans la stratégie diplomatique et militaire de la France, 1792-1804', in Frédéric Dessberg & Éric Schnakenbourg (eds.), Les Horizons de la politique extérieure française Périphéries et espaces seconds XVIe - XXe siècles, (Berne, Fondation St. Cyr, 2011), 283-296.
`La paix au Chateau?' L'occupation française de l'Irlande en 1798 : communication, traduction, perceptions de l'autre' in, Jean-François Chanet, Annie Crépin & Michael Windler (eds.,) Proceedings of the 2nd Military Occupations Workshop Lille Nov, 2009, [Presses Universitaires de Rennes, Summer 2011]

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Dr Conor Kostick conor.kostick@tcd.ieKostick

Conor Kostick holds a Nottingham University Advanced Research Fellowship and Marie Curie Career Integration Grant for a research project on medieval environmental extremes and their societal impact on events such as major wars.


The Siege of Jerusalem: Conquest and Crusade in 1099, Hambledon (London, 2009); The Social Structure of the First Crusade, Brill (Leiden, 2008). 314 pages; Revolution in Ireland, Pluto Press (London, 1996 [second edition Cork, 2009]). 230 pages; The Easter Rising – A Guide to Dublin in 1916, O’Brien Press (Fourth edition: Dublin, 2004 [2000]) co-author, 141 pages.

Medieval history articles:
'Social Unrest and the Failure of Conrad III's March Through Anatolia, 1147', German History 2010 28(2):125-142‘; Iuvenes and the First Crusade (1096 – 99): knights in search of glory?’, Journal of Military History (forthcoming, 2009) 20 pages; ‘A further discussion on the authorship of the Gesta Francorum’, Reading Medieval Studies XXXIII (forthcoming, 2009). 11 pages; ‘The Afterlife of Bishop Adhémar of Le Puy’, in Studies in Church History 45 (forthcoming, 2009). 10 pages; ‘The terms milites, equites and equestres in the early crusading histories’, in M. Jones (ed.), Nottingham Medieval Studies, 50 (2006), pp. 1 -21; ‘Women and the First Crusade’, in C. Meek and C. Lawless (eds.), Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Women: Vol. 3, Four Courts Press, (Dublin, 2005), pp. 57 - 68; ‘William of Tyre, Livy, and the Vocabulary of Class,’ Journal of History of Ideas, Vol. 65, No. 3, (July 2004), pp. 353 - 368; ‘The Crusades’, in J. A. Bradford (ed.), International Encyclopaedia of Military History, (New York, 2004). 2 pages.

Other history articles:
‘Deep History, Deeper Waters’, Imprints 10.2 (2008), 12 pages; ‘Workers in the War of Independence’, in F. Lane and D. O’Driscoll (eds.), Politics and the Irish Working Class (London, 2005), pp. 187 - 206; ‘Brian Manning,’ Saothar 29, Journal of Irish Labour History, (2004) pp. 14 - 15; ‘Philip II Augustus’, ‘Stamford Bridge’, ‘Edgehill (1642)’, ‘Fairfax, Thomas (1612-71)’, ‘Langport (1645)’, ‘Marston Moor (1644)’, ‘Monck, George (1608-70)’, ‘Montrose, James Graham, Marquis of (1612-50)’, ‘Naseby (1645)’, ‘Newbury (1643, 1644)’, ‘Worcester (1651)’, entries in International Encyclopaedia of Military History, J. A. Bradford (ed.), Routledge (New York, 2004).

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Professor Alan Kramer -


Alan Kramer is Professor of European History at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests are the history of Continental Europe in the era of the two world wars, especially focusing on the analysis of military and political violence, the relationship between armed forces and civilians/non-combatants, war crimes, prisoners of war, occupations, and blockades and economic warfare, in Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. During the last two decades he has been at the forefront of the development of the cultural history and the history of mentalities of the First World War; in 2001 he published with his co-author John Horne, German Atrocities 1914. A History of Denial, London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001, a multi-award-winning study of a controversial question that had been hitherto encrusted with myth, propaganda, and denial. The book has also been published in French and German translations.

Alan Kramer's most recent book, Dynamic of Destruction. Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007 (pb. 2008) portrays the wider wave of cultural destruction and mass killing that swept the world from the Balkans in 1912, via the western front, Turkey, Italy, and eastern Europe, to the seven-year catastrophe of war and revolution in Russia. This takes a transnational approach, tackling major themes that English-language books, obsessed with the British experience on the Western Front, usually ignore.

His current research is on the `International History of Concentration Camps', a project that was awarded a grant by the IRCHSS for the period 2008-2011. In this context he is writing on the history of the concentration camps as the negative symbol of modernity, on prisoners (especially Italian) during the First World War, and on the origins and transnational processes in the establishment of concentration camps. A conference on `The World of the Camps: Exclusion, social control and violence in a transnational learning process' will take place in April 2011. In addition, he is founding senior editor of `1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War', a project currently being developed in conjunction with professors Ute Daniel (University of Brunswick, Germany) and Oliver Janz (Free University Berlin). Professor Kramer has recently supervised and is currently supervising PhD students working on the German occupation of Antwerp 1914-18; British, French, and German prisoners of war; German and Austrian female artists during the war; the Republican press and the memory of the war in Weimar Germany; and the British and German colonial war experience in Africa. He welcomes PhD proposals in any of the fields mentioned above (the era of the two world wars, broadly defined). Candidates must have a good degree in history (or a closely related subject), the appropriate language skills, determination, and a passion for their topic.


Stephen McQuillan Mcquillan

Stephen McQuillan completed his B.A. in History and Media Studies at NUI Maynooth, his M.Sc. in Global History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is currently pursuing his PhD at Trinity College Dublin on the nature and extent of Irish diplomatic-fraternal relations in the pre-Independence period; 1878-1921 which concentrates on the nexus of conspiratorial transnational relations between a diversity of subject nationalist movements from within the British Empire and beyond. He was awarded a Universities Ireland/ Center for Cross Border Studies PhD scholarship in 2012 as part of the Decade of Commemorations project. 

Stephen is interested in the various different aspects of war and the application of trans-nationalism in relation to the origins, conduct and conclusions of war. Part of his thesis examines the impact of war on relations between different revolutionary bodies including but not limited to the First World War and how British Secret Services monitored the activities of this nexus. He will spend the early part of 2015 investigating the William Wiseman collection at the Sterling Memorial Library in Yale funded by the Grace Lawless Lee award. Stephen has also acted as a teaching assistant in the TCD History Department on Twentieth Century Ireland. 


Dr Edward Madigan edward.madigan@cwgc.orgmadigan

Edward Madigan is Resident Historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). He is a graduate of University College Dublin and Trinity College, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 2007. His broad research interests include religious faith and identity in modern Britain, the British and Irish experience and memory of the Great War, and British understandings of battlefield courage and cowardice during the first half of the twentieth century.

From 2008 to 2010 Dr Madigan was an IRCHSS research fellow and Associate Director at the TCD Centre for War Studies (CWS). His research project was entitled ‘The Better Part of Valour: Courage and Cowardice in the British Army, 1914 – 1918’ and focused on military and civilian understandings of soldierly conduct in the front-line. In 2009, he established the Network for the Study of War and Religion in the Twentieth Century with Dr Michael Snape (Birmingham University). The Network seeks to promote greater communication and collaboration between scholars working on religious identity and the role of the churches and clergy in wartime and has organized two conferences to date.

In October 2010, Dr Madigan was appointed to the inaugural Princess Grace Fellowship at the CWS, a post that allowed him to continue his research on courage and cowardice during the Great War. While acting as Princess Grace Fellow, and in collaboration with Professor John Horne, he organized a conference on the theme of ‘Ireland in the Decade of the Great War: 1912 -1923: Towards Commemoration’. The event took place in Monaco in October 2011 and has inspired a volume of essays which will be published in 2012. Following his recent appointment to the CWGC, Dr Madigan has begun to research British understandings of wartime death and the treatment of the war dead during and after the first and second world wars. 

As a historian of the Great War and the Irish Revolution, Dr Madigan has appeared on British, Irish, Australian and US television. He has written several articles on the British and Irish experience of war and his first book, Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War, was published in 2011

His other publications include:
- ‘Sticking to a Hateful Task’: Resilience, Humour, and British Understandings of Combatant Courage, 1914 – 1918 in War in History, 19 (3), (Forthcoming 2012).
- The Clergy in Khaki: New Perspectives on British Army Chaplaincy during the First World War, co-edited with Michael Snape, Ashgate, Surrey (Forthcoming 2012)
- ‘Home or Away: The Great War and the Irish Revolution and A Great Sacrifice: Cork Servicemen who died in the Great War’, review article, History Ireland, vol. 19, no. 2, 2011.
- 'Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War, by Jonathan H. Ebel', review article, Religion, State and Society vol. 39, no. 1, March 2011.
- ‘Belfast Boys: How Unionists and Nationalist Fought and Died Together in the First World War by Richard S. Grayson’, review article, History Ireland, vol. 18, no.1 (2010)
- ‘Hidden Courage: Post-War Literature and Anglican Army Chaplains on the Western Front, 1914 – 1918’ in Jones et al (eds.), Untold War: New Directions in First World War Studies, Brill, Leiden, (2008)
- ‘‘The Life Lived’ versus ‘Balaam’s Ass’s Ears’: Neville Stuart Talbot’s Chaplaincy on the Western Front’ in The Royal Army Chaplains Department Journal, vol. 47, (2008)
- ‘Forgotten Soldiers: The Irishmen Shot at Dawn, by Stephen Walker’, review article, History Ireland, vol. 16, no. 1 (2008)

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Dr Mahon Murphy

Mahon Murphy is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for War Studies. His current research project focuses on the British Military Occupation of Jerusalem 1917-1920 as part of the broader HERA funded project Making War Mapping Europe: Militarised Cultural Encounters 1792-1920 (

He is a graduate of Univeristy College Dublin amd the London School of Economics and Political Science. His PhD thesis, awarded by the LSE in 2015, focused on the British takeover of Germany's colonies during the First World War and the treatment of German civilian internees and prisoners of war from these extra-European theatres of the conflict. Dr Murphy's research interests focus on the global history of the early twnetieth century with a focus on the impact of the First World War as not only a conflict between Great Powers but one that also involved a world-wide remaking of ideas, institutions and geopolitics.

Dr Murphy has previoulsy received a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademische Austausdienst (DAAD) and was a guest researcher at the Free Univerity, Berlin in 2012/2013. He was also awarded a grant from the Gerda Henkel du Centre International de Recherche de l'Historial de la Grande Guerre.

Professor Eunan O'Halpin OHalpin

Eunan O'Halpin is Bank of Ireland Professor of Contemporary Irish History. He was previously Professor of Government at Dublin City University (1998-2000). Educated at UCD and Cambridge, he has written widely on aspects of 20th Irish and British history and politics. He is a Member (2003) of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow (2003) of Trinity College Dublin. Since coming to Trinity in 2000 Professor O'Halpin has supervised six Ph.Ds., and he currently has eight Ph.D. students working on various aspects of recent Irish history. He is a member (2005-8) of the Board of Trinity College, and chairman (2006-) of the Information Policy Committee of Board. He is a member of the Department of Justice Archives Advisory Group, a member and former chairman of the Royal Irish Academy National Committee for the Study of International Affairs, its National Committee for History, and its Irish Constitution project board. He is a joint editor of the Royal Irish Academy Documents on Irish foreign policy series, and a member of the advisory board of The Historical Journal.

Recent publications include:

- Eunan O'Halpin, Spying on Ireland: British intelligence and Irish neutrality during the second world war, 1st, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2008Ohlmeyer
- Eunan O'Halpin, Robert Armstrong, and Jane Ohlmeyer (eds.), Intelligence, statecraft and international power: historical studies XXV, 1st, Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2006
- Eunan O'Halpin, ‘Evidence from the Butler and Hutton reports: the British case for confronting Iraq’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 16, 2005
- O'Halpin E., (ed.) MI5 and Ireland, 1939-1945: the official history, Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2003

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Professor Jane Ohlmeyer

Professor Ohlmeyer's academic biography can be found at

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Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú O Siochru

Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú specialises in the history of Early Modern Ireland, with a particular focus on the Wars of the Three Kingdoms (1641-1653). He is currently involved in two major projects in the field of War Studies, the 1641 Deposition Project and Citizens and Soldiers in Early Modern Europe. Dr O Siochrú teaches Early Modern Irish and British History with a particular
focus on the political, military, diplomatic and constitutional histories of
the 17th century. He is prepared to supervise doctoral theses in any of these areas.

- God's Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the conquest of Ireland (London, Faber & Faber, 2008).
- ‘Atrocity, codes of conduct and the Irish in the British Civil Wars 1641-1653’, Past & Present, Number 195, 2007, pp 55 – 86
- ‘Propaganda rumour and myth: Oliver Cromwell and the massacre at Drogheda’, in David Edwards, Pádraig Lenihan and Clodagh Tait (eds.), Age of Atrocity: Violence and political conflict in early modern Ireland (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2007), pp 266 – 282.
- ‘English military intelligence in Ireland during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms’, in Eunan O'Halpin, Robert Armstrong and Jane Ohlmeyer (eds.), Intelligence, statecraft and international power (Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2006), pp 48 – 64
- ‘The duke of Lorraine and the international struggle for Ireland 1649-1653’, The Historical Journal, 48, (4), 2005, pp 905 – 932.

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Dr Catriona Pennell Pennell

Catriona’s research focuses on the cultural history of war, particularly the First World War. She examines how familial and local experiences of the war can help us understand the broader framework of this unprecedented global conflict. An aspect of her work on invasion fears has been published in Heather Jones, Jennifer O'Brien and Christoph Schmidt-Supprian (eds.), Untold War: New Interpretations of the First World War (Brill, Leiden, 2008) and she was a contributor to the RTE Thomas Davis 2008 lecture series on Ireland and the First World War. Catriona’s first monograph A Kingdom United was published with Oxford University Press in March 2012 and examines popular responses in Britain and Ireland to the outbreak of the First World.

In her next project, she continues with her interest in the Irish participation in the war by examining the home and fighting front experiences of the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) divisions during the Somme offensives of 1916 and March 1918, as well as the 1918 Conscription Crisis. Moving beyond the First World War, she is developing her interest in the post-war Middle East, particularly the British mandate period in Palestine, Iraq and Transjordan, to examine imperial control in practice and the question of ‘power’ behind the mandated thrones.

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Professor I.S. Robinson

Professor I.S. Robinson is Lecky Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests are in Germany and Italy; the papacy in the central Middle Ages and the history of ideas. He would be prepared to supervise Ph.D. students in topics relating to Western European History during the eleventh and twelfth centuries including the crusades.

Among his most notable recent publications are:
- Robinson, I.S., Eleventh-Century Germany. The Swabian Chronicles, Manchester & New York, Manchester University Press, 2008, i-viii, 1-373pp
- Robinson I.S., The Papal Reform of the Eleventh Century. Lives of Pope Leo IX and Pope Gregory VII, Manchester - New York, Manchester Medieval Sources Series: Manchester University Press, 2004, vi + 423pp
- Robinson I.S., Die Chroniken Bertholds von Reichenau und Bernolds von Konstanz 1054-1100, Hahnsche Buchhandlung: Hanover, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Germanicarum, nova series 14, 2003, x + 645pp
- Robinson I.S., Henry IV of Germany, 1056-1106, Cambridge University Press, 1999, x + 408pp

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Dr Fergus Robson - Associate Director Robson

Fergus is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for War Studies working on the HERA funded CRP Making War Mapping Europe: Militarized Cultural Encounters 1792-1920. His research focusses on the experiences of French soldiers on campaign in Italy (1796-1799) and Egypt (1798-1801), the ways in which they interacted with and perceived local cultures, customs and mores and how they related their impressions to civilian society in France. The goal of this research is to determine how these experiences of ‘the Other’ shaped understandings of what it was to be French and contributed to the elaboration of national but also European identities in the early 19th century.
 He graduated with a B.A. in History from Trinity College in 2007 and completed his Ph.D. in Trinity in 2012, entitled Conscription, Community and Counter-Revolution: The Aveyron 1780-1820, this work was supervised by Dr Joseph Clarke and funded by an IRCHSS doctoral studentship. His doctoral research examined the incidence of desertion, draft-dodging and violent resistance to conscription within the context of resistance to the Revolution more generally. His interest in the advent of the modern state, rural society, contested local and national identities, social movements and state repression are complemented by an interdisciplinary approach influenced by sociological and anthropological techniques.

Maeve Ryan Ryan

Maeve Ryan is a PhD student and holder of an Ussher Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin. A graduate of History at Trinity and of International Relations at Cambridge University, her doctoral work draws upon both academic backgrounds, focusing on the legal and political history of the British West African settlements in the mid-nineteenth century, with the working title 'The Accidental Empire?: Palmerston, West Africa and the 'mid-colonial period, 1830 - 1865.' Two particular points of interest to date have been the nature of the 'legitimate' trade championed by Viscount Palmerston to replace the slave trade and its place within a broader context of the metropolitan drugs and firearms trades to the formal and informal imperial peripheries; and the peculiarities of an independent administration of British justice outside the jurisdiction of its West African settlements which tended to undermine local authority structures and may have played a key role in facilitating and accelerating the growth of British colonial power structures later in the century. Research papers on these themes are currently under preparation for presentation in 2010.

Maeve's doctoral work builds upon the foundation of her MPhil thesis (carried out under the supervision of Prof. Brendan Simms, Peterhouse College, Cambridge), entitled 'Britain, the Slave Trade and the Right of Search in Early Nineteenth Century European Diplomacy'. This dissertation traced the international legal question of interdiction on the high seas and its implications for the British naval campaign against the slave trade from the Congress of Vienna to the closure of the Atlantic trade in the late 1860s. It has been adapted for publication in B. Simms and D. Trim (eds.), Humanitarian Intervention: A History (Cambridge, forthcoming 2010).

Other previous publications, based on undergraduate research work, include contributions to the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of Irish Biography, (Dublin, 2009) and A. Dolan, P. Geoghegan and D. Jones (eds.), Reinterpreting Emmet (Dublin, 2007).

Maeve's broader research interests lie in the intersection between History, International Relations and International Law, and are generally oriented around subjects relating to nineteenth and twentieth century empire and the emergence of the doctrine of human rights.

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Dr Martina Salvante - salvantm@tcd.ieSalvante

Martina Salvante came to Dublin in 2010 as an Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. She is currently a Research Associate and occasional lecturer. Her main research interests include Italian and European history, Fascism, gender and masculinities, sexuality, and disability history.
She was conferred with her Ph.D by the European University Institute in Florence in 2008.
Her current project focuses on the Italian disabled veterans of the First World War.

Her publications include:
- “Italian Disabled Veterans between Representation and Experience”, in Nicola Cooper and Stephen McVeigh (eds.), Men After War (New York: Routledge), 2013
- “Delinquency and pederasty: ‘deviant’ youngsters in the suburbs of Fascist Rome”, in Mark Bradley & Kenneth Stow (eds.), Rome, Pollution and Propriety: Dirt, Disease and Hygiene in the Eternal City from Antiquity to Modernity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2012: 241-257.
- “Violated Domesticity in Italian East Africa (1937-1940)”, in Emily Burrill, Richard Roberts, Liz Thornberry (eds.), Domestic Violence and the Law in Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press), 2010: 94-114.
-“Italie: jeunesse, masculinité et sexualité «déviante»”, in Véronique Blanchard, Régis Revenin, Jean-Jacques Yvorel (eds.), Les jeunes & la sexualité : initiations, interdits, identités (19e-21e siècle) (Paris: Autrement), 2010 : 211-221.
- Transnationale Geschichte. Themen, Tendenzen und Theorien”, edited by Gunilla Budde, Sebastian Conrad and Oliver Janz [book review], Passato e Presente, No. 80, 2010: 177-179
- “Tra mercato del lavoro e famiglia: la legislazione e i prestiti matrimoniali per le donne impiegate nella Germania nazista”, in Chiara Giorgi, Guido Melis, Angelo Varni (eds.), L’altra metà dell’impiego. La storia delle donne nell’amministrazione (Bologna: Bononia University Press), 2006: 157-180
- “Il nemico dell’uomo nuovo. L’omosessualità nell’esperimento totalitario fascista” by Lorenzo Benadusi [book review], Passato e Presente, No. 66, 2006: 175-177
- “Liebespfand fürs Vaterland. Krieg, Geschlecht und faschistische Nation in der italienischen Gold- und Eheringsammlung 1935/36” by Petra Terhoeven [book review], Historische Anthropologie, No. 1, 2005: 136-137
- “I prestiti matrimoniali: una misura pronatalista nella Germania nazista e nell’Italia fascista”, Passato e presente, No. 60, 2003: 39-58

Dr Claudia Siebrecht Siebrecht

Claudia Siebrecht is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin where she is working on the IRCHSS funded project on the International History of Concentration Camps. Her project aims to investigate how colonial concentration camp systems influenced the formation of camp systems during the period of the First World War. Dr Siebrecht was awarded a Ph.D. in modern European history by TCD in 2007. Her doctoral project, which was funded by a Government of Ireland scholarship and supervised by Professor Alan Kramer, focused on German women’s art during the First World War. During the academic year 2007 to 2008 she held a position as Lecturer in 20th century European history at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is currently completing her first monograph, The Aesthetics of Loss: German Women’s Art of the First World War, and her publications include:


- ‘Imagining the Absent Dead: Rituals of Bereavement and the Place of the War Dead in German Women’s Art during the First World War’, German History, 2, 2011, 202-223.
- ‘Identity, Mortality and Memory of the Self – German Soldiers’ Self-Portraits during the First World War’, Textuel (Paris), September 2010.

Book Chapters

- ‘The Mater Dolorosa on the Battlefield – Mourning Mothers in German Women’s Art of the First World War’ in Untold War: New Perspectives in First World War Studies, eds. Heather Jones and Christoph Schmidt-Supprian, (Bosten; Leiden: Brill, September 2008), 259-291.
- ‘Martial Spirit and Mobilisation Myths – Bourgeois Women in Germany and their ‘Ideas of 1914’, ’ in The Women’s Movement in Wartime. International Perspectives, 1914-1919, eds. Alison Fell and Ingrid Sharp (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 38-52.

Book and Conference Reviews

- 'Christine Brock, Die bunte Welt des Krieges. Bildpostkarten aus dem Ersten Weltkrieg (Essen: Klartext, 2008)', German History 28 (2010), 241-242.‘
- Crimes against Humanitarian Law: International Trials in Perspective,’ 24 February 2006, Trinity College, Dublin, H-Soz-u-Kult, 16.03.2006

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Dr Daniel Steinbach Steinbach

Daniel Steinbach is a postdoctoral research fellow at King’s College London. He studied at the University of Tübingen and Humboldt University Berlin where he received his M.A. with a thesis on “The Construction of Heimat in the German Colonies in Africa, 1898-1918”. Subsequently he worked for five years as a researcher at the German Historical Museum in Berlin before returning to Trinity College Dublin, where he had spent an Erasmus year, to commence a PhD thesis after being awarded an Ussher Fellowship.
His PhD thesis ‘Colonials in Conflict: The First World War in British and German East Africa’ dealt with the challenges caused by the military conflict between the European colonising powers on their empires. Additionally, he has a broader interest in European settler colonialism, the social and cultural dimension of German colonialism, and the concept of a shared European identity amongst British and German colonisers.
His new work on South Africa’s role in the First World War is part of a larger research HERA-funded project on ‘Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict’. 

Recent Publications
Power Majorities and Local Minorities: German and British Colonials in East Africa during the First World War, in: P. Panayi (eds.), Germans as Minorities during the First World War: A Global Comparative Perspective, London: Ashgate, 2014
Challenging European Colonial Supremacy: The Internment of “Enemy Aliens” in German East Africa during the First World War, in: J. Kitchen, A. Miller, L. Rowe (eds.), Other Combatants, Other Fronts: Competing Histories of the First World War, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2011.
Carving up Nature: Identity and the Environment in German Colonial Africa, in: C. Ax et al. (eds.) Cultivating the Colony. Colonial States and their Environmental Legacies, Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2011.
Defending the Heimat: The Germans in South-West Africa and East Africa during the First World War, in: H. Jones, J. O'Brien, C. Schmidt-Supprian (eds.), Untold War: New Perspectives in First World War Studies, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2008.


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Dr Justin Dolan Stover stovjust@isu.eduStover

Justin Dolan Stover was conferred with a PhD in history from Trinity College Dublin in November 2011. His thesis, A revolution within: loyalty, treason and the Irish Revolution, 1913-21, examined the importance loyalty and its interpretations played in the events, movements and personalities of the period. Justin is currently working to expand and focus his study of loyalty and treason in Ireland with a view toward monograph publication.

In 2010 Justin was awarded the Old Library and Archive Fellowship at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. While in Paris, Justin completed a study of the administration and defence of the Irish College, Paris, between 1870 and 1918. A portion of this study was recently published in Études Irlandaises (Etudes Irlandaises. N° 36.2. Automne-hiver 2011, pp 21-38). He is currently conducting comparative research on Celtic nationalism in Ireland and Brittany during the Great War.

His other publications and conference presentations include:

- ‘Terror confined? Prison violence in Ireland, 1919-21’ in David Fitzpatrick (ed.), Terror in Ireland, 1916-1923 (Lilliput Press, forthcoming)
- Review. Heather Jones, Violence against prisoners of war in the First World War (Cambridge, 2011) in War in History (forthcoming)
- Review. Fergus D’Arcy, Remembering the war dead: British Commonwealth and international war graves in Ireland since 1914 (Dublin, 2007) in Irish Review, nos. 40-1 (winter 2009)
-Delaying division: Eoin MacNeill, John Redmond and the Irish Volunteers in Limerick Journal of History, viii (December 2007)
- Religious influence on revolutionary violence: absolution and condemnation in Ireland, 1916-1923, Boston College Biennial Conference on the History of Religion, Chestnut Hill, MA (forthcoming March 2012)
- Periphery of war or first line of defense? Ireland prepares for invasion, 1907-15, Guerres futures, guerres imagineés: vers une histoire culturelle de l’avant-1914 conference, Péronne and Paris, France (November 2011)
- Negotiating allegiance: exploring loyalty and treason during the Irish Revolution, 1913-21, Trinity College Dublin, Centre for War Studies Seminar (March 2011)
- Cult of Collins: aspects of military camaraderie in Ireland, 1922-24, Military History Society of Ireland (February 2010)
- Originators come imitators: the Irish National Volunteers and the War of Independence
, The Irish War of Independence conference, Dublin (October 2009)
- The war within: loyalty, participation and dissent in Irish prisons, 1919-24, Imprisonment and the Irish conference, Dublin (September 2009)

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Dr Vanessa Ther Ther

Vanessa Ther is a former IRCHSS scholar and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. She completed her PhD thesis on the influence of the First World War on republican discourse in Weimar Germany in 2010. Supervised by Professor Alan Kramer, her dissertation evaluates a broad range of republican press sources to establish why the cultural demobilisation of the Weimar Republic ultimately failed. This comparative approach focuses on common and diverging republican attempts to define the war's legacy for the new state. Identifying the conflict and its consequences as a crucial influence on the identity of the republic, Vanessa's thesis analyses how and why the memory of the First World War undermined the creation of a cohesive republican foundation narrative. Vanessa's research interests furthermore include press and propaganda history, 20th century social and cultural German history, and manifestations of war culture and its resolution in post-war societies. She has published an article ‘‘Humans are cheap and the bread is dear.’ Republican Portrayals of the War Experience in Weimar Germany’ in Heather Jones, Jennifer O’Brien and Christoph Schmidt-Supprian (eds.), Untold War: New Perspectives in First World War Studies (Boston, Leiden, 2008), pp. 357-385.

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Fionnuala Walsh FW

Fionnuala Walsh is an Irish Research Council funded doctoral candidate in the department of History, Trinity College Dublin. Under the supervision of Professor David Fitzpatrick, she is researching the socio-economic, political and psychological impact of the Great War on women’s lives in Ireland, during the period 1914 to 1919. Her study assesses the extent of Irish female involvement with the war effort and examines the impact of the war on women’s political activity, employment opportunities and domestic lives in areas such as bereavement, household management and health. Her previous work includes a local study of Celbridge town during the Great War, published in the Journal of the Kildare Historical and Archaeological Society (2013). She graduated from Maynooth University in 2011 with a B.A. in History and English literature.

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