My work focuses mainly on modern Irish history in transnational and comparative contexts, and the fields of political violence, diaspora, nationalism and social movements. My first book is The Dynamiters: Irish nationalism and political violence in the wider world, 1867-1900 (Cambridge UP, 2012, paperback 2015). Based on my PhD thesis from the European University Institute, Florence, the book offers a transnational history of Irish nationalist violence in the nineteenth century.
My present project, entitled The Irish Land League and Diaspora Radicalism, is based on research supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship, and explores the interplay between Irish land radicalism and international oppositional movements of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including labour, humanitarianism and women’s rights. I have also written on the comparative history of Italy and Ireland, and I am a founding member of the research network Transnational Ireland.
Along with teaching and research, I’m interested in history and film and I have organised the film series Screening Irish History at the Glasgow Film Theatre and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.
I am the Erasmus and International Exchange co-ordinator for History.