PhD Research Students

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school. To view the profiles of our students, please click on the links below.

Anthropology Profiles
History Profiles
Philosophy Profiles
Politics Profiles

We are proud of the students who have graduated with their Doctorics.  Where possible we stay in touch so that the link and relationships remain long after a student has left the School.

Graduate Anthropology Student Profiles
Graduated History Student Profiles
Graduated Philosophy Student Profiles
Graduated Politics Student Profiles

PhD Profiles Anthropology

We have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school.

Name of Student PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis Title Principal Supervisor Secondary Supervisor
Federica Banfi Movements in Argentine Tango: a multilocal ethnography of improvisation and transnationalism Maruska Svasek Ioannis Tsioulakis
Taika Bottner The Art of Caring: New Opportunities for Creative Practitioners in the Ageing Economy Maruska Svasek Fiona Magowan
Bryan Clancy Organised by Faith: The Wright Way to Evangelical Christianity and the Transformation of Culture in an “Urban Village” Joe Webster Dominic Bryan
Savannah Dodd Photography and the Politics of Representation during and after the Troubles Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Maruska Svasek
Karin Elliot Invisible Walls of Belfast, Visible Walls of Berlin Dominic Bryan Brendan Murtagh
Alexei Gavriel Conflict Ethnography: Towards Cultural Competence in Population-Centric Conflicts Hastings Donnan Marie O'Neill
Augusto Gazir Martins Soares Tracking Online Political Sociality in Northern Ireland: Social Media engagement in a context of persistent antagonism and increasing diversity Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Dominic Bryan
Hannah Gibson Cultural intimacy and the country music scene in West Ulster Ioannis Tsioulakis Fiona Magowan
Jonathan Gregory

Jou and Struggle: A musical ethnography of the Kaapse Klopse carnival in Cape Town, South Africa

Fiona Magowan Ioannis Tsioulakis
Panagiotis Loukinas Data Gathering and Sharing from Drones: Challenging Human Rights at EU's External Borders Hastings Donnan Paul Miller
Sinead Lynch Youth Agency in Cross Border Music and Peacebuilding on the Island of Ireland: The Cross Border Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Peace Proms Fiona Magowan Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou
Chiara Magliacane Youth Conflict-Related Trauma through Generations. An Ethnography on the Relationship between Health and Society in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Fiona Magowan
Allister Mallon The Observation and Analysis of Non-Religious Funerary Ritual Specialists in Northern Ireland With Reference to Contemporary Anthropological Theory and Studies on Funeral Practice Dominic Bryan Jon Lanman
Angela Mazzetti 'Living with the Troubles': An ethnographic exploration of memory and emotion. Maruska Svasek Joe Webster
Jamie McCollum An anthropological analysis of the Kurdish diaspora & democratic confederalism: Beyond nationalism and the nation-state? Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou Dominic Bryan
Alice Neeson Digital Media Practice for Reconciliation in Canada: The mediatisation of recognition and resistance Fiona Magowan Cathal McLaughlin
Harold Ohayon Armagh: Exploring Shared Space in a Border City Lisette Josephides Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou
Jacob Posega Musical Livelihoods: Life Histories of American Session Musicians Ioannis Tsioulakis Maruska Svasek
Kayla Rush Performance and Possibility in the Cracked Art World: Community Arts in Contemporary Northern Ireland Maruska Svasek Joe Webster
Amelia-Roisin Seifert Contemporary Native American Horse Culture in the Columbia Plateau Culture Area. Fiona Magowan John Knight
Conall Smyth The Northern Ireland Conflict, focusing on Social Identity, Sacred Values and Religion Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Anna Szabelska Religion, Violence and Newly Created Sacred Values Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Hugh Turpin Failing God: Investigating Religious Hypocrisy and Its Effect on Catholic Irish Apostasy Jon Lanman Paulo Sousa
Samuel Ward Porous Essences and Kin Contagion: Enthusiastic Ritual as Promoting Psychological Kinship Jon Lanman Paulo Sousa
Wanting Wu Sensing peace through the body: Tibetan dance and conflict transformation in diasporic communities in London and Zürich Fiona Magowan Pedro Rebelo
James Zimmermann III Language and Belonging in Wales: Community and Identity Among Welsh Speakers and Learners. Lisette Josephides Dominic Bryan
Mohaddeseh Ziyachi Mothering as a Cultural Model Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman

PhD Profiles Cognition and Culture

We have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school.

Name of Student PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis Title Principal Supervisor Secondary Supervisor
Nicholas Brown Identity Fusion and Afterlife Beliefs: Understanding Self-Sacrifice Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Adam Gilreath Intergroup Conflict, Threat, and Radicalization: The Case of Peace Walls in Northern Ireland. Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Jonathan Gregory

Jou and Struggle: A musical ethnography of the Kaapse Klopse carnival in Cape Town, South Africa

Fiona Magowan Ioannis Tsioulakis
Mathilde Hernu Supernatural Explanations and Explanatory Coexistence: the cases of Misfortune, Illness, and Natural Disaster. Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Panagiotis Loukinas Data Gathering and Sharing from Drones: Challenging Human Rights at EU's External Borders Hastings Donnan Paul Miller
Gary Lavery The Ontogeny of Human Deontic Competence Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Conall Smyth Sacred Values, Ritual, Group Identity Fusion & Radicalisation in the Context of the Northern Ireland Conflict. Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Anna Szabelska Religion, Sacred Values, Morality and Radicalization. The case of abortion. Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman
Hugh Turpin Failing God: Investigating Religious Hypocrisy and Its Effect on Catholic Irish Apostasy Jon Lanman Paulo Sousa
Samuel Ward 'Catching the spirit': Disembodied essence contagion and trait transformation in spirit possession Jon Lanman Paulo Sousa
Mohaddeseh Ziyachi Mothering as a Cultural Model Paulo Sousa Jon Lanman

PhD Profiles History

We have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school.

 

Name of Student PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis Title Principal Supervisor Secondary Supervisor
Robyn Atcheson Poverty, poor relief and public health in Belfast 1800 - 1851. Peter Gray Olwen Purdue
Mark Benson 'The provision of abortion in Northern Ireland, 1900 to 1968.' Mary O'Dowd Lisa Smyth
Jonathan Best Fiction from fact: the British spy novel and British intelligence, 1894-1963. Paul Corthorn Daniel Kowalsky
Morris Brodie Transatlantic Anarchism during the Spanish Civil War and Revolution, 1936-1939 Paul Corthorn Daniel Kowalsky
Lauren Browne The Posthumous Representation of Medieval Queens-Consort and Royal Paramours Christopher Marsh James Davis
Conor Campbell Press control in Northern Ireland during the Second World War Fearghal McGarry Marie Coleman
Robert Cotter Zinzendorf and Cennick: the education of an evangelist. Scott Dixon Crawford Gribben
Jack Crangle Ethnic Minority Communities in Twentieth Century Belfast Sean O'Connell Kieran Connell
Derek Crosby Contested Urban Spaces: Protest and Identity in Norwich, 1400 - 1800 James Davis Carl Griffin
Rosemary Cunningham Irish Quaker Family Businesses From the Start of the Eighteenth Century to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century (1700-1900) Mary O'Dowd Leonie Hannan
Gerald Daniel Louis The East India Company and the Transportation of Indian Convict Labor to the Straits Settlements, 1789 – 1858 Emma Reisz Ashok Malhotra
Shannon Devlin Protestant middle-class sibling relations in nineteenth-century Ulster Elaine Farrell Mary O'Dowd
Padraig Durnin Left Internationalism and the Ends of Empire: British Imperial Decline’s Affect in Shaping Internationalist Solidarity Movements Between 1956 and 1991 Kieran Connell Paul Corthorn
Scott Eaton John Stearne’s Confirmation in context: witchcraft, religion and popular culture in East Anglia, 1645-1648 Crawford Gribben Stephen Kelly
Steven Egan The Commonwealth and the Irish Partition in Transnational Perspectives, 1920-1925 Margaret O'Callaghan Marie Coleman
James Isaac Fazio The Ecclesiological Center of John Nelson Darby’s Dispensationalism Crawford Gribben Scott Dixon
Matthew Gerth Anti-Communism in Great Britain and the United States During the Early Cold War, 1945 - 1956 Paul Corthorn Alexander Titov
Laura Gillespie Contraband Camps and the Development of African-American Politics, 1860-1866 Brian Kelly Nik Ribianszky
Nadine Gilmore Queer Belfast: Social and Cultural Practices of Gay Men, Circa 1967-2005 Sean O'Connell Kieran Connell
Samantha Gowdy Rights Movement in Arkansas 1919-1939. Brian Kelly Zoe Hyman
Bridget Harrison Cultural perceptions of Irish Roman Catholic women religious, 1849-1907. Mary O'Dowd Elaine Farrell
Barry Henderon The Forgotten Tycoon: James McHenry, the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad and British-led European investment in American Railroads (1851-91) Catherine Clinton Brian Kelly
Peter Hodson Memory, Conflict and Class: The Experience and Legacy of Deindustrialisation in Belfast and North-East England since 1970 Sean O'Connell Paul Corthorn
Robert Hodson Crime and Disorder in C17th English Ballads Christopher Marsh James Davis
Matthew Houston The churches, Northern Ireland and the Second World War Andrew Holmes Laurence Kirkpatrick
Paul Hughes 'The Irish republican activism of Laurence Ginnell, 1916-23' Marie Coleman Sean Connolly
Benjamin Huskinson Saving Eden: American Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Evangelical Market Crawford Gribben David Livingstone
Stuart Irwin Belfast Corporation, 1874-1896: managing a mature industrial city Olwen Purdue Paul Corthorn
Matthew Jackson Representing the Troubles: Contested history, critical museology, and conflict exhibitions Fearghal McGarry Debbie Lisle
Johanna Lowry O'Reilly A case study of the Rt. Hon. James MacMahon Under-Secretary, Dublin Castle, 1918-1922, within a framework of political, educational and social historiography Marie Coleman Fearghal McGarry
Paul Lundy The Reception of Enoch Powell in Northern Ireland, 1968-1998 Paul Corthorn Graham Walker
Alister Mallon The Observation and Analysis of Non-Religious Funerary Ritual Specialists in Northern Ireland With Reference to Contemporary Anthropological Theory and Studies on Funeral Practice

Dominic Bryan

Jon Lanman
Ryan Mallon A Godly Nation: Presbyterianism, Dissent and Scottish Society in the Decade after Disruption Andrew Holmes Graham Walker
Stuart Mathieson The Victoria Institute 1865-1932: A Case Study in the Relationship between Science and Religion Andrew Holmes Diarmid Finnegan
Emma McAlister Investigating the Impact of Perceived Provenance, Space and Appropriated Ritual Responses on the Understanding of Sacred Objects Leonie Hannan Mary O'Dowd
Rowena McCallum Friars, Identity and Space in Medieval Irish Towns James Davis Sparky Booker
Michelle McCann A Nineteenth Century Irish Coroner: William Charles Waddell (1846-1878) Peter Gray Olwen Purdue
Conleth McCloskey The Afterlife of Michael Collins 1922-98: Commemoration, Literature and Politics. Fearghal McGarry Marie Coleman
Conor McFall Red Scare: Anti-Communism and the Labour Party in 20th Century Britain Paul Corthorn Christopher Marsh
Grace McGrath Power, Profit, Plantocracy, and the Emancipation War Peter Gray Mary O'Dowd
Sarah McHugh The institutional care of Ireland’s elderly female population, 1845-1908 Elaine Farrell Mary O'Dowd
Elizabeth McKee Clothing the Poor in Ulster, Circa 1850-1914 Elaine Farrell Olwen Purdue
Claire McNulty The Experience of Discipline Amongst the Community of the Faithful in Lothian, Scotland 1640 -1671 Crawford Gribben Ian Campbell
Rhianne Morgan Belfast Baths: Exploring and Interpreting the Historic Spaces of the Victorian Industrial City Olwen Purdue Tom Hulme
Fergal O'Leary  Soldiers, Politics and the Empire: Ireland, Egypt and the Sudan, 1882-1900 Peter Gray Eric Morier-Genoud
Daniel Patterson 'The Most Remarkable Passages and Alterations of My Life': The Diary of George Lloyd, 1642-1718 Christopher Marsh Mary O'Dowd
Harrison Perkins The Covenantal Structure of James Ussher Crawford Gribben Ian Campbell
Andrei Psarev The Limits of Communion in the Byzantine Church (861-1300): A Study of Canon 15 of the First and Second Council in Constantinople (861) Eric Morier-Genoud  
Brigid Rafferty Caught in the Crossfire: Catholic Sisters in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles’ Mary O'Dowd Margaret O'Callaghan
Karie Schultz The Reception of Calvinist Resistance Theory in Early Seventeenth-Century Scotland Ian Campbell Crawford Gribben
Tim Somers 'John Bagford and the Collection of Cheap Print in Later Stuart Britain' Christopher Marsh Crawford Gribben
Matthew Stanton Charisma and Controversy: Benjamin Keach (1640-1704) and the Debate about Congregational Song  Crawford Gribben Ian Campbell
Lauren Taylor 'Emyr Estyn Evans and the cultural identity of Ulster, 1929 - 1969' Peter Gray Eamonn Hughes
Rachael Thomas International Responses to the Northern Irish Hunger Strikes, 1980/81 Richard English Fearghal McGarry
Ruth Thorpe Elite women and material culture in Ireland, 1760-1830 Mary O'Dowd Olwen Purdue
Rachel Wallace Gay Life and Liberation in Belfast and Boston    
David Whitla ‘Archibald Johnston of Wariston (1611-63) and the Formation of British Puritanism’ Crawford Gribben Scott Dixon
Lucy Wray National Museums Northern Ireland Northern Bridge Partnership Award:  The Photographer and the City Olwen Purdue Kieran Connell

PhD Profiles Philosophy

We have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school.

 

Name of Student PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis Title Principal Supervisor Secondary Supervisor
Marco Barone G. W. Leibniz and Jonathan Edwards on Free-Agency Joseph Diekemper Stephen Williams
Jamie Day Cybersecurity, Ethics and the Right to Privacy Tom Walker Kieran McLaughlin
Kyle Shuttleworth Authenticity and Modernity: Finding Meaning in Freedom Keith Breen Cillian McBride
Suzanne Whitten ‘Understanding hate speech through the lens of a recognition account of the public sphere’ Fabian Schuppert Cillian McBride
Hanhui Xu  Adult Children's Filial Obligations to Their Parents Tom Walker Jeremy Watkins

PhD Profiles Politics and International Studies

We have a large and diverse PhD Student body whom contribute enormously to the vibrant research culture of the school.

 

Student Name PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis title Principal Supervisor Secondary Supervisor
Antonella Acinpura Middle East Politics (Political Violence in Israel/Palestine) Andrew Thomson Julie Norman
Siofra Frost Non-Aligned Communities in Deeply Divided Societies Beverley Milton-Edwards Timofey Agarin
Mazen Iwaisi Landscape Archaeology as Politicised Space in Palestine (West Bank) Beverley Milton-Edwards Audrey Horning
Matthew Kirk Female Suicide Bombers: Gender, Ethnicity and Mass Media Debbie Lisle Beverley Milton-Edwards
Anna Kruglova Marketing, propaganda and the jihadi threat in twenty-first century Europe Richard English Shane Brighton
Noel Martin Successes, Failures and Errors - Policing In Northern Ireland Between 1922 and 2002 and the Lessons Learned For Jurisdictions in Conflict. Richard English Margaret O'Callaghan
Jessica Simonds Mitigating the Piratical Threat Through Institutions: Securitizing Piracy Across Land and Sea Heather Johnson Michael Bourne
Kyle Taggart Hungarian self-interest within the EU Lee McGowan David Phinnemore
Allison Alyward Confidence Building and Negotiation in the Context of War in Colombia Peter McLoughlin Katy Hayward
Sinan Baran State-Business Relations and Economic Transition in the Modern World-System: A Comparative Study of South Africa and Zimbabwe Stefan Andreasson Andrew Thomson
Samuel Beckton The Lost Tribe: The Transformation of the Southern Irish Unionist Ideology and Identity Since 1921 Graham Walker Margaret O'Callaghan
Alexander Brammer SYMBOLIC DOMINATION: THE AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR LEGITIMACY IN IRAQ, 2004-2014 Beverley Milton-Edwards Dominic Bryan
Raymond Brown Nowhere To Hide! - Edward Snowden, Mass Surveillance and the Politics of Classified Information Richard English Michael Bourne
Amalia Campos Delgado The Mexican Transit Control Regime: perspectives from government, transmigrants and civil society. Cathal McCall Heather Johnson
Fabian Espejo Fandino Multinational Corporations: Friends or foes of peace? Multinational Corporations and state capture in Colombia. Andrew Thomson Stefan Andreasson
Owen-Joseph Fenton urse of the 'Northern Irish' identification in Post-Agreement Northern Ireland. John Garry Cathal McCall
Muhammad Feyyaz A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Terrorism in Pakistan, 2001-2016  Richard English Andrew Thomson
Emma-Louise Fletcher Wildlife Security: A posthumanist analysis of violence, surveillance and care in South African poaching and Conservation. Michael Bourne John Barry
Erica Frazier The Green New Deals of Great Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland: A Critical Discourse Analysis / Les 'Green New Deals' d'Irlande, de Grande-Bretagne et d'Irlande du Nord : Une Analyse Critique du Discours John Barry Debbie Lisle
Anne Fremaux 'Towards a Critical Theory of the Anthropocene and a Life-affirming Politics' John Barry Keith Breen
Gerard Gallagher The political economy of SME finance in post-crash UK. Stefan Andreasson Fabian Schuppert
Georgios Glouftsios Technological Politics and EU Border Security: Materialising Information Systems Debbie Lisle Philip O'Kane
Dominik Hamm Government Communication and Terrorist Organizations: Towards a Concept of
“Crisis Communication” for Western Governments
Richard English Andrew Thomson
Aylisha Hogan An Examination of the Failure of ‘Fortress Europe’ to Protect Unaccompanied Refugee Minors and Recommendations for What Could be Done Differently Fiona Murphy Heather Johnson
Neale Jagoe Football Allegiances in Depply Divided Societies Graham Walker Sean O'Connell
Rebecca Kerr Has the Influx of Predominantly Muslim Refugees into the EU Influenced a Native Ideological Move Towards a Right-Wing Agenda? A Study with a Political Sociological Framework and Case Study Countries the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands Lee McGowan Christopher Raymond
Sophie Long The Politics of Misrecognition: an Insider Analysis of Political Loyalism and its 'Place in the Peace'. John Barry Graham Walker
Konstantin Macher Programming Security Ethics in Cyber-Physical Systems Michael Bourne Kieran McLaughlin
Meabh McAuley Women, Daesh & Discourse: A Critical Analysis. Beverley Milton-Edwards Birgit Schippers
Elayne Cronin (McCabe) Visualizing Global Drug Flows: Transnational Connections to the Overdose Crisis in New England, USA. Debbie Lisle Michael Bourne
Ian McInnes A Separatist Tendency: A Political History of Bill Craig and the Vanguard Unionist Party Graham Walker Margaret O'Callaghan
Connel McKeown Does open government increase government accountability? Muiris MacCarthaigh Michael Bourne
Charlene McKibben Rethinking the Populist Threat: Addressing the Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the Case for Agonistic Democracy Keith Breen Cillian McBride
Ryan McLean The Rise of ‘Green’ China: A Comparative Study of Beijing’s Modern Energy Policy in the Global South Stefan Andreasson Fabian Schuppert
Alison Meagher ‘Beating the British in Washington’: U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Northern Ireland during the Carter Administration. Peter McLoughlin Graham Walker
Kathryn Mitchell Development Efforts to Increase Security and Emancipation to End Female Radicalization Michael Bourne Heather Johnson
Tomás Ó hÁbhartaigh ‘Conditions of Connectivity: Mapping Economic Relationships within Information Capitalism’ John Barry Fabian Schuppert
Matthew O'Neill The ‘Border Porotype’: Understanding Europe’s New Frontier the Digital Single Market Cathal McCall Sakir Sezer
James Pow Strengthening Post-Conflict Democracy: Examining the Potential Legitimacy of a Citizens’ Assembly in Northern Ireland John Garry Rhiannon Turner
Séverine Robert

An empirical assessment of citizens supports for post-growth alternatives: case study of the island of Ireland.

John Barry Fabian Schuppert
Federica Simone On the Road to Independence: A Comparison of Ethnic Nationalistic Movements in Europe, and their Impact on Domestic and EU politics Timofey Agarin Elodie Fabre
Erin Tumulty Hamas’ Female Candidates of the 2006 Legislative Elections Beverley Milton-Edwards Yvonne Galligan
Canan Ugur Romani Inclusion into Education: Investigating the Case of Turkey Lee McGowan Timofey Agarin
Kerry Wallace An examination of the role of novel technologies in addressing food security; an interdisciplinary perspective. Michael Bourne Katrina Campbell
Lisa Whitten Northern Ireland's Constitutional Political Status and the Implications of "Brexit" David Phinnemore Gordon Anthony