Elaine was awarded a BA in History and History of Art at University College in 2005. She completed her MA in Irish Women’s History at Queen’s University Belfast in 2006. She completed her PhD in 2010.
Elaine’s PhD examined infanticide in Ireland in the period 1850-1900. Infanticide was classed as a murder crime and thus punishable by the death penalty in nineteenth-century Ireland. This thesis looked at the treatment of the suspect accused of infanticide and concealment of birth in Ireland and the general attitudes towards the crime at the time.
Elaine mainly concentrates on nineteenth-century social history with a particular focus on gender.
Professor Mary O’ Dowd & Professor Catherine Clinton.