"I'm not sure all these people understand
It's not like years ago
The fear of getting caught
Of recklessness and water
They cannot see me naked
These things, they go away
Replaced by everyday . . ."
I am an historian, university lecturer, and author who loves an Oxford comma. I am a former junior core fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest. During my stay at the IAS-CEU, i finalised my book project "Subjectivity, political education & resistance: An Oral history of Irish republican prisoners, 1971-2000."
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 currently an adjunct professor in International Relations at Webster University, and I also teach at other universities, such as University of Vienna and University of Salzburg.
I also work as a (occasional) freelance journalist. I wrote for Washington Post, Times Higher Education, Die Presse, Der Standard, Der Freitag, Die Furche, ORF, Belfast Telegraph, Irish Examiner, 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 “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 Britain and Northern Ireland, the International Federation for Public History, the International Oral History Association, the Women's History Association of Ireland, the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies, and the Alumni Association of the European University Institute.
That's it for now, if you have any further questions, please do not hestitate to contact me. Until then, enjoy my writings!