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Name: Dr Sean O'Connell

Position: Senior Lecturer

What and where did you study as an undergraduate and postgraduate?

BA English and History, Northumbria University

Ph.D. Social History - University of Warwick

 

Where did you teach before joining the School of History and Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast?

Liverpool, Glasgow and University of Ulster

 

Why should somebody do a History degree?

If someone in the pub asks what do you study and the answer is History, the resulting conversation is always interesting

 

Why should somebody choose History at Queen's? 

The staff are enthusiastic and lively

 

What do you love about Belfast?

The people

 

What book are you currently reading?

Stewart Lee, The Perfect Idiot

 

What is your favourite book?

Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

 

Describe a good/bad/funny incident that happened to you while researching in an archive.

Being made to sit at 'perverts corner' in the British Library when researching the history of men's magazines.

 

Check out Dr Sean O'Connell's staff page

 

 

 

Dr Paul Corthorn

Position: Lecturer

Where did you study as an undergraduate and postgraduate?
Cambridge

 

Where did you teach before joining the School of History and Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast?
Anglia Ruskin University, Liverpool University and Oxford University

 

Why should somebody study History at university level?

It's an opportunity to learn more about the past and how interpretations of it change over time. It is excellent preparation for a range of non-technical careers.

 

Why should somebody choose History at Queen's?
The wide range of courses offered; committed teaching staff who teach modules on areas related to their own research.

 

What do you love about Belfast?
It's a relatively small and friendly city.


What book are you currently reading?
Norman Stone, The Atlantic and its Enemies: A Personal History of the Cold War

 

You can view Dr Paul Corthorn's staff page here.

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