Dr Christopher Shepard

Dr Christopher Shepard

BA (Syracuse University), MA, PhD Queen's University Belfast)

E-mail: c.shepard@ucc.ie  (as at October 2011) 

Following on from his Research Fellowship post at the Institute of Irish Studies (2010-2011), Dr Shepard was appointed to a post in the International Office - Student Recruitment at the University of Cork.


Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies (2010-2011)

Christopher is a graduate of Syracuse University where he completed a degree in history before earning a masters and doctorate from Queen's University Belfast where he researched the role of women's organisations and women activists in mid-twentieth century Ireland.

Research Interests:

After completing his PhD, Christopher joined the Centre for Irish, Scottish and Comparative Studies in Trinity College Dublin, as a research fellow on various studies including the IRCHSS funded ‘Ireland, Empire and Education’ project. His work has focused on the expansion of Irish higher education in the long nineteenth century and the role of Irish universities in producing graduates for imperial service.  He is particularly interested in the development of an Irish intellectual/professional diaspora during this period, especially in relation to professions such as medicine and journalism and has undertaken research in Britain, India and the United States.

Christopher’s current research focuses on the training and migration of Irish medical doctors during the long nineteenth century. Focusing on the social backgrounds and career outcomes of Irish medical graduates, this work also seeks to identify the contribution that Irish doctors had in the seeding and expansion of the profession throughout Britain’s colonial empire.

Selected Publications:

  • ‘Irish journalists in the intellectual diaspora: Edward Alexander Morphy and Henry David O’Shea and in the Far East’ in New Hibernia Review, vol. 14, no. 3 (Autumn 2010), pp 75-90.
  • ‘Women’s Organisations and the Campaign for Women Police in Ireland, 1925-58: a liberalisation of Irish social policy?’ in Irish Historical Studies, vol. xxxvi, no. 144 (Nov. 2009), pp 564-580.