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Aoife O'Leary McNeice

Aoife O'Leary McNeice

PhD Candidate, History

Aoife O'Leary McNeice is available for consultancy.

Pembroke College
Cambridge CB2 1RF

Biography:

My doctoral studies, under the supervision of Dr Renaud Morieux, examine transnational networks of aid that emerged during the Great Irish Famine, which took place between 1845-1852. I hope to resituate the Famine within a trasnational, imperial framework by examining the global systems that enabled transfer of money. These systems include the British Empire, the global Catholic word, personal diasporic networks, and others. I am using a wide range of sources, including reports from charitable societies, newspapers and private correspondences. My background is interdisciplinary, encompassing literature, history and history of art and I hope to imbue my work with this interdisciplinarity. My current research is funded by the Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship and a Cambridge Trust European Scholarship. 

I received my BA joint honours in English and History from University College Cork in 2014. In 2012 I was accepted onto the University of California reciprocity exchange programme, enabling me to study at the University of California, San Diego the following academic year. I was awarded the John A. Murphy Prize and the Mansion House Scholarship for my undergraduate thesis which looked at the gender dynamics surrounding the first female university students in Ireland.

I completed my MSc in Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romantic, Victorian at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. My MSc dissertation examined the politics of aesthetics in women's travel literature in eighteenth-century Europe. I focused on the work of Helen Maria Williams and Mary Wollstonecraft. 

Before starting my PhD I worked in various collections and digitisation roles in the Edinburgh University Library and the National Library of Scotland.      

 

Research Interests

  • Eighteenth and nineteenth century philanthropic history 
  • Modern Irish History
  • Transnational history 
  • Movement and travel 
  • Travel literature
  • Humanitarianism and Human Rights 
  • Gender

Keywords

  • International History
  • Economic, Social History
  • Modern British History