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Associate Professor in History, Liverpool Hope University

I keep a research blog at and welcome visits and comments. As this website outlines, my two principal research interests are modern Irish history and the history of food and conflict. I teach across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in History at Hope and lead two courses at MA and two at UG. I also head up the Hope's History REF, the History SSLC, and contribute to teaching on International Relations.

I am currently working on three new books: an economic history of European neutrality during the Second World War (to be published by Manchester University Press in 2014); an edited collection on the life of Irish statesman Frank Aiken (to be published by Irish Academic Press, 2014); and a global history of Food and Conflict (to be published by Reaktion, 2016).

I am currently travelling up and down the country researching ‘Egalitarian Eating, 1917-1918’ in a project funded by the Wellcome Trust. Read an article on his research here:

I hold a BA (1st hons.) from the University of Warwick and an MA and PhD from the National University of Ireland. After researching and teaching for a number of years at the Humanities Institute of Ireland and School of History & Archives, University College Dublin, I joined Hope in 2011.

My most recent publication, Seán Lemass: Democratic Dictator, was a critical reappraisal of the popular former Irish Prime Minister credited with the mainstreaming and modernisation of Ireland in the latter twentieth century. Heralded as a breakthrough text in modern Irish historiography, the Irish Times called it a welcome addition to the canon, and the Irish Independent described it as a highly informative and enjoyable read, and later claimed 'it washes all other biographies of Lemass into the sea'.

I am a regular contributor to broadcast and print media in Ireland. I have spoken at international conferences on topics ranging from the historical roots of anti-semitism to the current European debt crisis. I am a member of History and Policy, an international network connecting historians, policy makers and the media:


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in History, Liverpool Hope University