My research expertise relates mostly to migration history, especially since 1945. I have written mostly about the reception of refugees, the Irish migration experience, and the links between memory, migration and debates about diversity. In my teaching, especially at MA level, I try to encourage students to engage in different ways to showcase their research, including video and podcasting.
Fields of interest
- Post-1945 migration history
I am a migration historian. Most of my work concentrates on the post-1945 period. I am particularly interested in the reception of refugees and immigrants across time and space and how refugees, immigrants and non-state actors deal with the obstacles that newcomers often encounter. My work is often comparative and increasingly global. I am one of the editors of the Journal of Migration History (Brill) and I coordinate the Leiden Interdisciplinary Migration Seminars.
BA1: Introduction to Economic and Social History
BA2: History of Anti-Immigration since 19th century
BA3: Seeking Asylum since 1900
BA3: History and Politics of Global Migration
MA: Connecting Dreams: Europe in Africa, Africa in Europe
I completed my BA in archaeology and history and my MA in history at University College Dublin. My PhD, which I completed at the European University Institute in Florence, examined asylum policymaking since the 1980s. I also completed fellowships at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford and at New York University. Following my PhD, I taught at University College Dublin and completed a postdoctoral fellowship on the EMIGRE project at University College Cork. In 2014, I came to Leiden as a Marie Curie Fellow and I started working here as a lecturer in social history in 2016.
* Asylum Policy, Boat People and Political Discourse: Boats, Votes and Asylum in Australia and Italy, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
Irish Emigration in an Age of Austerity (with Tomás Kelly and Piaras Mac Éinrí from UCC), Cork: University College Cork, 2013.
History, Memory and Migration: Perceptions of the Past and the Politics of Incorporation (co-edited with J. Olaf Kleist), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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