I attended Thornhill College in Derry from 1999-2006 before coming to Queen’s to study for both my BA in Modern History and Politics (2009) and my MA in Modern History (2010). I am currently in the second year of my PhD studies.
My main research interests are 19th century American history and political and social history.
The title of my thesis is ‘Electing Colour: Race and Ethnicity in the 1848 US Election.’ The study focuses on how issues of race, religion, and citizenship were played out in the 1848 presidential election and how the discourse surrounding the election fed into a larger narrative about the construction of American national identity prior to the Civil War.
My primary supervisor is Dr Anthony Stanonis and my secondary supervisor is Professor Peter Gray.