Ballinderry, Co Antrim
BA 2007, MA 2008
Modern History, U.S. History pathway
My interest lies in Southern history and the faculty have particular strengths in this broad area. Also, I knew that the program was flexible enough to allow me to follow my focus on what I wanted to research.
Rather than suffering from being far from the geographic region under study, I think looking at U.S. history from N. Ireland encourages some fresh thinking. The faculty are always willing to entertain new ideas.
I won the Alan Graham Travel Scholarship which paid for a month–long research trip to the U.S. and received the Peter Parish award for the top MA thesis in U.S. history from the U.K.
I migrated to South Carolina in December 2008 and worked at the College of Charleston Archives, and was a Research Fellow for Drayton Hall, one of the local plantations (draytonhall.org). I'll be attempting to discover why the plantation survived the Civil War (unlike almost all the others in the area), and how the local slaves reacted to freedom in February 1865. I then won a Presidential Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, to pursue a doctorate in U.S. history.
Yes. My advice is don’t be afraid of the faculty. Talk to them, have better discussion and you’ll end up doing much better.