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My research focuses on the consistent interconnectedness between colonialism, gender, and power. Specifically, I am interested in studying women and popular religion in the late early modern period, specifically after the pivotal Tudor reconquest of Ireland and the ensuing centuries of power contestation. How did women influence Irish Catholic culture as intergenerational transmitters of belief systems? What was the significance of their participation in religious rituals like holy well ceremonies, wakes, and practices to placate fairies and banshees? How did they occupy the liminal space between this world and the next, and what did that mean for their day-to-day lives? These questions, and the larger context of how Irish women accommodated and resisted colonialism, compose the heart of my work.

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