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Staff Members with Research Interests in Gender and Women's History

The School of History and Anthropology has the largest concentration of faculty staff and students with research interests in Gender and Women's History on the island of Ireland.  Staff research interests include Irish women's history, American women's history, Russian women's history, British gender history and gender history and empire.  The following is a list of staff and students with research interests in the field.

Catherine Clinton is Professor of American History.  Professor Clinton maintains a strong research interest in US history, with specialization in women’s history, southern history, African-American history and the American Civil War.

 is a second year ph d student.  His thesis is entitled ‘Women and Irish Republicanism, 1967-1987.’  His supervisors are Dr Sean O'Connell and Dr Marie Coleman.

Dr Marie Coleman is a lecturer in Modern Irish History.  Her principal research interests are in twentieth-century Irish history, especially the Irish revolution and she has written on women in the Irish republican movement. For more information see her School web page

is a second year ph d student.  Her thesis is entitled ‘The Belfast business community, 1800-1900’.  Her supervisors are Professor Mary O'Dowd and Professor Liam Kennedy.

Elaine Farrell recently completed her PhD.  Her thesis examined neonaticide, infanticide and concealment of birth, committed by women in Ireland in the period 1850-1900. Her supervisors are Professor Mary O'Dowd and Professor Catherine Clinton.

Dr Sean O' Connell is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History.  His teaching iresearch nterests include working class family and community, oral history, gender history, consumerism, and the social history of modern Britain.  For more information see his School web page.

Professor Mary O'Dowd is  Professor of Gender History.  Her research interests focus on gender and women in early modern Ireland, 1500-1800.  For more information see her School web page.

Claire Rush is a third year PhD student.  Her thesis is a study of the secondary education of girls in Ulster, c. 1870-1940. Her supervisors are Professor Mary O'Dowd and Dr Marie Coleman.

Dr Katy Turton is lecturer in Modern European History.  Her main research interests centre around the role of women and family networks in the Russian revolutionary movement. Katy has been examining the family life of Russian revolutionaries using a variety of archival sources and memoirs. For more information see her School web page.

MA Students with an Interest in Gender and Women's History

Erin McKenna is an MA student who is writing a dissertation on the history of the gay and lesbian movement in Northern Ireland c. 1970-1985

Niall Watt is an MA student who is writing a dissertation on the women in the Leslie family of Castle Leslie, Co Monaghan in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.