I am an historian, university lecturer, and author who loves an Oxford comma. I currently work as an IRC Postdoctoral researcher at the Moore Institute and the School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland in Galway, researching social movement radicalisation and political violence in Germany and Ireland since the end of the World War I. The research project received the "Seal of Excellence" from the European Commission. I joined the Moore Institute from the Central European University in Budapest where I held the position as junior core fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study. During my stay at the IAS-CEU, I finalised my book project on oral history and Irish republican prisoners between 1971 and 2000 which is due to be published with the University of Toronto Press.
I hold a PhD from the Department of History & Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy; and an MRes also from the EUI and a Mag. phil from the University of Vienna. I am also an adjunct professor in International Relations at Webster University, and I regularly teach at other universities, such as University of Vienna and University of Salzburg.
I also work as a (occasional) freelance journalist and I am a member of the National Union of Journalist (NUJ). I wrote for Washington Post, Times Higher Education, Die Presse, Der Standard, Wiener Zeitung, Die Furche, ORF, Belfast Telegraph, Irish Examiner, Blätter für deutsche & internationale Politik, Village, Neues Deutschland, Junge Welt, and others. I contributed to radio shows on ö1, MDR, and RBB. Besides that, I am a passionate blogger and my writings appeared, among others, on RTÉ Brainstorm, The Pensive Quill, Writing The Troubles, Political Violence at a Glance, Bridging, and The Irish Story, as well as my own blog.
My research interests are Irish & British history, modern history, contemporary European history, oral history, memory studies, social movement studies, political violence & terrorism studies, radicalisation and de-radicalisation, imprisonment and internment, Irish studies, and gender studies. (For the abstract of my PhD thesis, my supervisors and the members of my examination board, click here…)
I am a permanent editorial board member of the bi-lingual, open-access journal “Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies” (Florence University Press), and I co-organised the international conference “Irish History, Society & Culture: 100 Years after 1916” with Dr Lorenzo Bosi (SNS) & Prof. Fiorenzo Fantaccini (UniFi).
I am the author of Die Frauen der IRA: Cumann na mBan und der Nordirlandkonflikt, 1967-1986 (Vienna: Promedia 2017), for a review in Irish Political Studies click here; and the editor of Der Urkommunismus: Auf den Spuren der egalitären Gesellschaft (Vienna: Promedia 2012), for a review in Junge Welt click here. My publications appeared in various peer-reviewed (and not so peer-reviewed) journals; among those are Critical Studies on Terrorism, Irish Political Studies, BIOS, Studi irlandesi, Estudios Irlandeses, among others.
Finally, I am a member of the Oral History Network Ireland, the Oral History Society (UK), the International Federation for Public History, the Oral History Association (USA), the Irish Association of Professional Historians, the International Oral History Association, the Women's History Association of Ireland, the American Conference for Irish Studies, the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies, the Alumni Association of the European University Institute, the European Consortium for Political Research, and the Bund Sozialdemokratischer Akademiker*innen.
That's it for now, if you have any further questions, please do not hestitate to contact me. Until then, enjoy my writings!