I am a historian of early modern Ireland and England with a special
focus on sixteenth-century Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations. My
research examines the socio-political impact of war on identity formation
amongst Ireland's minority Old English population during the Nine Years' War
(1594-1603). My monograph, The Old English in Early Modern
Ireland: The Palesmen and the Nine Years' War, 1594-1603, was awarded the 2019 National University of Ireland Publication Prize in History. I have published articles and essays exploring aspects of the political, economic, and legal history of late Elizabethan Ireland, and I have edited all of William Penn's works and correspondence relating to Ireland. I am currently developing a virtual reality 3D history tour of Kilcolman Castle, Edmund Spenser's Irish residence as part of the NEH funding project, Castle to Classroom (https://player.wondavr.com/p/ab8ebc52-bd03-445d-ae9c-851423ec1e5d#courtyard).
I have had significant success securing research funding. I was awarded a Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowship in 2017. Before
coming to Liverpool Hope I held a three-year Marie Curie International Research
Fellowship at University College Cork and Concordia University in
Montreal. I was also an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral fellow on
a project which explored William Penn's Irish experiences and his early
trans-Atlantic networks. I completed my PhD at University College Cork, my MA at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and my BA at Mount Allison University.