I am a social and cultural historian whose broad research and teaching interests cover a wide variety of subjects including oral history, digital humanities, migration, ethnicity, Irish traditional music, and the histories of modern Ireland, Britain, and America.
Currently I am Project Manager, Data and Research at the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association, supporting PLA’s many data-related initiatives. I previously was Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow (2017-19) and Program Manager at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), also a division of ALA. At ACRL I led the development of Project Outcome for Academic Libraries, an online toolkit designed to help libraries understand and share data on their users’ learning outcomes. In 2016-17 I was a member of the Research Faculty at the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy. At UCC in the 2015-16 academic year I was Head Tutor, a part-time lecturer and tutor in the School of History, and a post-doctoral researcher working to establish a Sound Archive. I also hold a MA in Historical Research from UCC and a BA in Irish Studies and History from Boston College.
I hold a PhD in History / Digital Arts & Humanities from University College Cork, Ireland (2015). My PhD research focused on oral histories of musicians who migrated from Ireland to Britain and America in the post-war era. A selection of my original interview recordings and related materials are available from the digital project I created, Voices of Irish Music & Migration. My interest in oral history has led me to serve as an active member of the Steering Committee of the Oral History Network of Ireland since 2015.
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