Personal profile

Personal profile

My research and teaching combine cultural, military and social history and I am particularly interested in the British and Irish experience and memory of the First World War. Before joining the history faculty at Royal Holloway, I was an IRCHSS post-doctoral fellow and Princess Grace fellow at Trinity College, Dublin and resident historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. From 2012 to 2013 I sat on the UK Government’s Centenary Events Planning Group and I currently sit on the editorial board of the 1914-1918 Online Encyclopaedia and the executive committee of the International Society for First World War Studies. As a historian of the Great War and the Irish Revolution, I have appeared on British, Irish and US television and worked with numerous public-facing history and heritage organisations. I also co-edit the Historians for History blog.

My publications include Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War (2011, 2017), Towards Commemoration: Ireland in War and Revolution, 1912-1923 (with John Horne, 2013), and, with Gideon Reuveni, The Jewish Experience of the First World War (2018). I am currently researching maternal bereavement during the First World War and the British experience of the Irish War of Independence. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions