PhD, Boston College
19th-Century United States; American Civil War; American Immigration & Ethnicity; Race; Famine & post-Famine Ireland
Manuscript in Progress
“Immigrants in a Time of Civil War: The Irish, Slavery, and the Union, 1845-1865”
- “‘A Noble Empire in the West’: Young Ireland, the United States, and Slavery,” Britain and the World 6, 2 (September 2013): 171-191.
- Review of The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists & Transatlantic Reform, by W. Caleb McDaniel. Civil War Monitor (forthcoming).
- Review of John Mitchel: Irish Nationalist, Southern Secessionist, by Bryan McGovern. H-Civil War: http://www.h-net.org/~civwar/ (May 2011).
Awards and Fellowships:
- 2011 Clough Center Summer Research Grant. Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College.
- 2011 Hibernian Research Award. Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Notre Dame University.
- 2011 General and Mrs. Mathew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant. United States Army Military History Institute.
- 2010-11 Dissertation Research Fellowship. History Department, Boston College.
- 2010 Clough Center Summer Research Grant. Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College.
- 2013 Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston College. [awarded as a Teaching Fellow]
- 2012 Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston College. [awarded as a Teaching Assistant]
- 2012-13 Clough Center Graduate Fellowship. Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College.
Conferences and Invited Lectures:
- Organizer, “Emancipation at 150” (academic symposium on the Emancipation Proclamation). Sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. Boston College, April 23, 2013.
- “Immigrants in a Time of Civil War: The Irish, Slavery, and the Union, 1845-65,” invited lecture at Roger Williams University’s Works in Progress Lecture Series (Bristol, RI). February 28, 2013.
- “Embracing Emancipation in the Civil War: The American Irish as a Case Study,” Boston College History Department Workshop. September 28, 2012.
- “Irish Americans, Abolitionists, and the Cause of the Civil War,” Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Conference (Lexington, KY). June 15, 2012.
- “‘We want no slave lecturing here’: Young Ireland, Great Britain, and American Slavery,” Gorsebrook Research Institute Conference: “Ireland and Empire: Seafaring, Slavery, and Salvation in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World,” (Halifax, Nova Scotia). June 8, 2012.
- “‘America has been the grave of much noble Irish feeling’: The Transatlantic Irish and Slavery, 1840-1855.” American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 2, 2011.
- “‘The mind of Ireland needs enlightenment on this question of Freedom’: Abolition and the Transatlantic Irish.” Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program conference: “Civil War-Global Conflict,” College of Charleston, March 3, 2011.
- “Irish Nationalism and Slavery in the Civil War Atlantic,” American Conference for Irish Studies, Pennsylvania State University, May 5, 2010.
- “ ‘I have again donned the straps’: Stephen A. Swails and the Fight to Commission an African-American Officer,” presented at Graduate Student Conference: “The Civil War Era in Global Perspective,” George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, Pennsylvania State University, February 6, 2009.
- “ ‘…So nearly white’: Stephen A. Swails and Black Officers in the 54th Massachusetts,” New England Historical Association Conference, October 25, 2008.
- “Charles Francis Adams, Great Britain, and the ‘American Question’ in 1861,” Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Bridgewater State College, Spring 2006.
- “The Trent Affair and the Dramatic End to 1861,” presented at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, University of North Carolina at Asheville, Spring 2006.