I am a historian of modern Ireland with a particular interest in the history of education, religious identity formation and political movements and ideas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I have published on the development of a Catholic university elite in pre-independence Ireland and I have also worked on a number of aspects of women's history, including the history of feminism and women's education in Ireland.
My current research is in the history of women and political activism in Britain and Ireland. My new book, Irish Nationalist Women, 1900-1918 (Cambridge, 2013), examines how politically active women worked within broader nationalist and feminist contexts during a volatile period of Irish history. I am now working on a book which considers further forms of women's political activism including Irish unionism, socialism, education and social reform. I am also interested in connections between Irish and British radical politics and am currently writing on the centrality of the Irish Question to the women's suffrage movement across the United Kingdom.