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I am an urban and social historian of modern Ireland and (to a lesser extent) of modern India, with a background in architectural history and engineering. I work broadly across the modern period and have published on subjects ranging from the 1740s to the 1970s. I studied engineering, and later history of art, at St John’s College, Cambridge. For my MPhil, also at Cambridge, I studied British colonial architecture in India with Prof. Gavin Stamp. I then worked as a journalist in Kathmandu and as a book editor in Ireland, and returned to Cambridge as a Gates Scholar for my doctoral studies, under the supervision of Dr. Frank Salmon. My thesis explored the architectural, social and political history of the Irish courthouse and prison in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During the course of my PhD studies, I held a Fulbright Scholarship at the Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, where I was supervised by Prof. James S. Donnelly, Jr. Between 2015 and 2021 I was Lecturer, and later Senior Lecturer, in Urban History at the University of Leicester. In June 2017 I was a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In February-March 2019 I was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban Studies, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU), Vadodara, India. In 2020-21 I was a Visiting Fellow at the School of History, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. I grew up in Bantry, Co. Cork, and outside of my academic work I am a keen hiker, sailor, cyclist, mountaineer, and volunteer for Bantry Inshore Rescue (BISRA). I joined Mary Immaculate College as Director of Research in February 2021.

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