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After graduation from Ithaca College with my Bachelor's degree in History and Philosophy I knew I wanted to continue my study of history. I went first to the University of Connecticut for my Master's in History and then to Queen's University Belfast for my Master's in Irish Studies before winding up at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. There I finished my Ph.D. in 2011 my research focused on eighteenth century British and Irish history. In my dissertation I examined how eighteenth century Ireland developed its own unique adaptations of new models of philanthropy in response to the political and social instablity of the era.

I grew up in an Irish Catholic family and I've gotten to live in a number of different places. I was born in Oklahoma and grew up outside Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Connecticut when I was a teenager. Aside from that I've lived in London, Belfast, Dublin and finally Indiana before settling down in the Capital District to teach at Siena College in 2012.

 
 

Degree Program University
M.A. Irish Studies Queen's University Belfast
M.A. History University of Connecticut
B.A. History and Philosophy Ithaca College
Ph.D. Early Modern European History Purdue University-W. Lafayette

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

 In my classes I endeavor to teach history in a student-centered, highly interactive and challaneging manner that fosters independent thinking as well as historical knowledge. I encourage students to become well-informed reflective individuals who are able to thrink critically, express opinions clearly, and question traditional assumptions. 

What I Love About Siena

 The thing I love most about Siena College is the sense of community, the cooperative atmosphere between faculty, staff, and students makes this a great place to work and to teach.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

 I love teaching in general. So far my favorite classes to teach at Siena College have been classes on the History of Ireland, Early Modern England, and the Reformation.  The students are vibrant, engaged, and curious to learn more about the subject.

My Professional Experience

Current Research

 My research specialty is the social and cultural history of Early Modern Ireland and Great Britian and the history of philanthropy. I just published my first book entitled "Charity Movements in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Philanthropy and Improvement" which examines the influence of the Enlightenement on the development of organized charity societies in Ireland.
https://boydellandbrewer.com/charity-movements-in-eighteenth-century-ireland-hb.html

I'm currently working on a primary source reader on the Great Irish Famine. 

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Review: Hannah Greig, The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London
    The Historian
    2014
  • Review: Donnchadh O Corrain and Tomas O'Riordan, eds., Ireland 1870-1914: Coercion and Conciliation
    The History Teacher
    2013
  • Review: Patrick Walsh, The Making of the Irish Protestant Ascendancy: The Life of William Conolly, 1662-1726
    Canadian Journal of History
    2012
  • Review: William P. Kelly and John R. Young eds., Scotland and the Ulster Plantations: Explorations in the British Settlements of Ireland
    Sixteenth Century Journal
    2011
  • 'To Unite our Temporal and Eternal Interests': Sermons and the Charity School Movement in Ireland, 1689-1740
    Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2010
  • The Reformation of Manners Societies, the Monarchy, and the English State, 1696-1714
    The Historian
    2010

Awards & Distinctions

  • Outstanding Tenure-Track Service Award
    Category: Service-University
    Siena College School of Liberal Arts, 2018
  • Outstanding Tenure-Track Teacher-Scholar Award
    Category: Teaching-Research
    Siena College School of Liberal Arts, 2017

Books & Book Chapters

  • Charity Movements in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Philanthropy and Improvement
    Boydell and Brewer
    2016
  • Prostitution: A Companion to Mankind
    Peter Lang International Academic Publishers
    2016
  • International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest
    Blackwell
    2009
  • International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest
    Blackwell
    2009
  • International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest
    Blackwell
    2009
  • International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest
    Blackwell
    2009
  • International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest
    Blackwell
    2009
  • International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest
    Blackwell
    2009

Presentations

  • 'Every True Friend and Lover of His Country: Philanthropy and Soldier's Children in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2018
    Children's History Society Biannual Conference, Greenwich, Great Britain
  • Philanthropy and Improvement: Voluntary Societies and Civil Society in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2016
    International Society for Third Sector Research, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Soldier's Children in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2016
    New York State Association of European Historians, Albany, New York
  • Financing Improvement: Funding Charity in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2015
    Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Baltimore, Maryland
  • The American Irish Legislators Society of New York and the MacBride Principles: Local Politics and the International Northern Irish Peace Process
    2015
    New England American Conference on Irish Studies, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 'The Benevolent Sympathies of the Female Heart:' Protestant Women and Charity in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2014
    Irish Women, Religion, and the Diaspora Research Symposium, Liverpool, Great Britain
  • Philanthopy and Famine in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2014
    Ulster-American Heritage Symposium: Irish Hunger, Poverty, and Migration: A Transatlantic Perspective, Hamden, Connecticut
  • Proselytism and Charity in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Incorporated Society for Promoting Schools
    2014
    North American Conference on British Studies, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 'The Benevolent Sympathies of the Female Heart:' The Dublin Magdalene Asylum and Female Charity in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2013
    American Society for Eigheenth Century Studies, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 'The Worst in Christendom:' The Church of Ireland and Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2013
    New England Conference on British Studies, Storrs, Connecticut
  • Women and Charity if Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2013
    Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, New York, New York
  • Financing Improvement: Philanthropy and Charity in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2012
    European Social Science History Conference, Glasgow, Scotland
  • The Politics of Religious Charity in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Incorporated Society for Promoting English Protestant Schools
    2012
    Biennial Boston College Conference on the History of Religion, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Elementary Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Incorporated Society for Promoting English Protestant Schools
    2011
    British Scholar Society, Austin, Texas
  • Lady Arbella Denny and the Dublin Magdalene Asylum: Women and Charity in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
    2010
    Social Science History Association, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Reformation of Manners Society, the Monarchy, and the Nation, 1696-1714
    2009
    British Scholar Society, Austin, Texas
  • 'To unite our temporal and eternal interests': Sermons and the Charity School Movement in Ireland, 1689-1740
    2007
    American Society for Eigheenth Century Studies, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Memory and Commemoration in Early Modern Ireland: 23 October 1641
    2007
    Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Politics of Commemoration in Early Modern Ireland
    2007
    Temple University James Barnes Club Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania