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Elaine’s research focuses on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Irish gender and crime history. She has published on infanticide and concealment of birth, imprisonment and transportation, criminal tattoos, and women in WWI. She leads the AHRC-funded project, ‘“Bad Bridget”: Criminal and Deviant Irish Women in North America, 1838-1918’, with Dr Leanne McCormick (Ulster University). She is also currently working on a history of Irish female convicts in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

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  • Nineteenth-century social history
  • Crime history
  • Women’s history
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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics




Research students

PhD title: ‘Protestant middle-class sibling relations in nineteenth-century Ulster’

Name: Shannon Devlin
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: ‘Clothing the poor in Ulster, c. 1850-1914’

Name: Eliza McKee
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD title: ‘The institutional care of Ireland’s elderly female population, 1845-1908’

Name: Sarah McHugh
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD title: ‘Cultural perceptions of Irish Roman Catholic women religious, 1849-1907’

Name: Bridget Harrison
Country: Republic of Ireland

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