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Ida Milne researched the social, medical, demographical and political history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in Ireland for her PhD dissertation, in Trinity College Dublin. A unique feature of this work was the collection of oral histories with flu survivors – people who had experienced the disease as small children – at the end of their lives, where they reflected on the impact it had made. Her work on the pandemic has been published in many fora and media, but principally in her monograph, Stacking the Coffins, Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, 1918-19. (Manchester University Press, 2018). This book has been named a Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Titles of 2019. Milne has used her research on this earlier pandemic to inform discussion of the Covid-19 pandemic, and has been a frequent media contributor during the current crisis. She is co-chair of the Oral History Association international committee, and of the European Social Sciences History Conference health and environment strand, as well as being a member of the Royal Irish Academy Historical Sciences Committee. She is a social historian of epidemic disease, of Irish Protestant identity, of media, and of working life and lectures in European History at Carlow College. She is Irish editor of the Irish Literary Supplement.

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