Conor Campbell joined Queen’s University in 2014, when he began researching an AHRC Northern Bridge funded PhD. He has a BA (Hons) in history from the University of York, an M.Phil in modern Irish history from Trinity College Dublin, and an MA in journalism from Dublin Institute of Technology. He organised the History Research Seminars at QUB from 2015 to 2016, and was publicity director for Queen’s Political Review the same year. He is currently web editor for the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland, and received an AHRC grant to organise a public speaking event at Queen’s in October 2017. From May to November 2017 he undertook a six month placement at BBC Northern Ireland. The exhibition arising from that placement, which Conor wrote and researched, is due to circulate among a select group of Northern Irish libraries & BBC Broadcasting House in Belfast in early 2018.
Conor specialises in modern Irish history, but also has experience teaching 19th and 20th century British and Irish history. His PhD research focusses on press control in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. This research looks at how the press express and shape perceptions of nationalism and identity, as well as how government efforts to censor or propagandise reveal the insecurities and concerns at the heart of modern states. He has given academic papers on this research in Belfast, Dublin and New Jersey, and has lectured at Queen’s on Éire and Northern Ireland during the Second World War.