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Dr Niamh Cullen

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Dr Niamh Cullen

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Niamh Cullen is a lecturer in modern European history, with particular interests in modern Italy, in the history of gender and sexuality in twentieth-century southern Europe, the history of the emotions and the history of motherhood. Her forthcoming book, Love, Honour and Jealousy: An Intimate History of the Italian Economic Miracle (OUP, 2019) explores how ordinary people approached romantic love, and dealt with its darker, related feelings, honour and jealousy, in the context of the rapidly changing Italy of the late-twentieth century.

She is also developing a new project on the twentieth-century history of breastfeeding in comparative, European perspective.

Research opportunities

Open to PhD applications in the field of

  • Twentieth century Italian history
  • Sexuality and emotions in twentieth-century (especially southern) Europe
  • The post-war European ‘economic miracle’, 1950s-1970s
  • History of motherhood and infant feeding

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Public outreach & key achievements

  • Irish Research Council and Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow alumnus

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