After finishing my secondary level education at Methodist College Belfast in 2003, I enrolled at Queens to study for a BA in Modern History.
Having completed my undergraduate degree I continued my studies at the University enmbarking upon an MA in British History September 2006. In the second semester of my MA year I applied to study for a PhD with Brian Kelly.
Studying under Brian Kelly I am part of the transatlantic AHRC funded research project, 'After Slavery: Race Labor and Politics in the Postemancipation Carolinas'. My dissertation considers the role of the Bureau of Refugees Freedmen and Abandoned Lands in the state of North Carolina. The Bureau was at the heart of post- Civil War Reconstruction in the United States, and extended its reach throughout the defeated Confederacy. Through a combination of travel to America and working with the microfilm reels of Bureau papers at Queens I aim to complete my thesis by the summer of 2010.
Dr Brian Kelly