Steven is currently a first year PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast.
Egan received his B.A. in History and Politics from Queen’s University Belfast in 2016 and completed his M.A. in History at Queen’s in September 2017. During his undergraduate studies, he won a place on the inaugural QUB-Vanderbilt University ‘Maymester’ class (2015) and was also awarded the Julie-Ann Statham prize for academic achievement (2016).
His PhD thesis, which is supervised by Marie Coleman and Margaret O’Callaghan, is entitled ‘The Partition of Ireland in the transnational perspective of the Commonwealth,’ and aims to contribute to the fields of Commonwealth, diasporic and transnational history. Through applying the transnational lens to the partition of Ireland, his research hopes to reveal greater insights into how the dominions of the British Commonwealth interacted with the partition of Ireland, and how the presence of significant Irish diasporic communities within Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa impacted local politics and the dominion’s responses towards partition as a political solution on the island of Ireland.
More broadly, Egan’s research interests broadly cover twentieth-century Irish history, especially in the periods 1910-25 and 1957-73. Continuing from his studies in politics at undergraduate, Egan remains keenly interested in contemporary British, Irish and European politics, with a peculiar interest in International Relations. In 2017, Egan was awarded a ‘highly commended’ distinction from the prestigious Undergraduate Awards for an essay examining the importance of the bilateral Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.