Our People

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Marie-Louise Coolahan

Marie-Louise Coolahan is Principal Investigator of RECIRC and Professor of English at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is the author of Women, Writing, and Language in Early Modern Ireland (Oxford UP, 2010), as well as articles and essays on various subjects and genres relating to Renaissance manuscript culture, early modern identity, and textual transmission, in journals such as Critical Quarterly, Early Modern Women, The Seventeenth Century, and Eighteenth-Century Ireland. She is also currently Co-Investigator, ‘Women’s Poetry in Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 1400-1800’ (http://womenspoetry.aber.ac.uk/en/). With Gillian Wright, she is co-editing two special issues on Katherine Philips for the journal, Women’s Writing.

E: marielouise.coolahan@nuigalway.ie


Bronagh McShane

Bronagh McShane is a social historian specialising in the history of women, religion and confessionalisation in early modern Ireland. She completed her PhD (IRC-funded) at Maynooth University in 2015. She has published articles on aspects of her research in British Catholic History and Archivium Hibernicum and is contributing to a forthcoming collection on New Directions in Early Modern Irish History (contracted with Routledge). In 2018, Bronagh is embarking on a postdoctoral project, writing a history of early modern Irish nuns, funded by the National University of Ireland.

E: bronagh.mcshane@nuigalway.ie


Emilie K.M. Murphy

Emilie K.M. Murphy is a cultural historian whose research explores the translation and transmission of female-authored texts within and between the convents and seminaries founded for English men and women on the continent. Emilie was the Royal Historical Society Centenary Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London, from October 2013 to September 2014, and completed her PhD at the University of York (AHRC-funded). Arising from her PhD, Emilie is working on her monograph, provisionally entitled ‘The Reformation of the Soundscape: Music and Piety in Early Modern England’. She has also published articles in Renaissance Studies, British Catholic History, Studies in Church History, and Grove Music Online, and is co-editor and contributor to an interdisciplinary volume of essays, forthcoming with Ashgate: Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Culture. Since September 2016, Emilie has been employed as a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of York.

E: emilie.murphy@york.ac.uk


Felicity Maxwell

Felicity Maxwell is an early modern letters specialist whose research combines English literature, social and cultural history, and manuscript studies – with occasional forays into French and Latin. Felicity has published articles in Literature Compass, Lives & Letters, and the Bulletin of International Medieval Research. She has also contributed to the collection Bess of Hardwick: New Perspectives (edited by Lisa Hopkins and forthcoming from Manchester UP). Felicity’s doctoral thesis examined the textualisation of social relations in the correspondence of Bess of Hardwick’s upper servants (University of Glasgow, 2014; SSHRC-funded). This research was affiliated with the AHRC-funded project, ‘Bess of Hardwick’s Letters’ (http://www.bessofhardwick.org/). From October 2017 to September 2019, Felicity holds a postdoctoral fellowship from the IRC to write a monograph arising from her research for RECIRC and provisionally titled ‘Dorothy Moore’s Intellectual Correspondence (c. 1640-1661): Language, Gender, and Public Vocation in the Protestant Republic of Letters’.

E: felicity.maxwell@nuigalway.ie


Evan Bourke

Evan Bourke is a PhD researcher. His doctoral project is entitled ‘The Patroness of the Hartlib Circle: Lady Ranelagh’s Authorship and Reception 1641-1691’. Evan is examining Katherine Jones's position and reception within the Hartlib Circle, as well as how she forged a reputation as an intellectual woman within this network. Evan completed his BA in English and History at University College Dublin in 2013 and his MA in Renaissance Literature and Culture at the same institution in 2014.  As part of his MA, Evan completed a thesis entitled ‘Amazons, Exiles, and Academicians: Wartime Spaces in the Dramas of Margaret Cavendish’, under the supervision of Prof. Danielle Clarke. Also during his time at University College Dublin, he was awarded the 2012/13 T.D Williams Medal for History Examinations. He is currently co-convener of the Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference which will be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway in August 2016.

E: evan.bourke@nuigalway.ie


Sajed Chowdhury

Sajed Chowdhury’s research engages with early modern women’s writing, manuscript cultures and the history of philosophy and science. His doctoral thesis, ‘Dissident Metaphysics in Renaissance Women’s Poetry’ (2013), was completed at the University of Sussex and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). He has published articles in the journals, Textual Cultures and Women’s Writing, and is currently working on two monographs: the first analyzes early modern women writers’ use of alchemical philosophy; the second is a co-authored book (with Marie-Louise Coolahan and Erin McCarthy) which examines the circulation of women’s works in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century manuscript miscellanies. Prior to joining RECIRC, Sajed was MHRA Research Associate at King’s College London, where he worked on the open-access online resource, the Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700 (CELM, http://www.celm-ms.org.uk/).

E: sajed.chowdhury@nuigalway.ie

Erin McCarthy

Erin A. McCarthy

Erin A. McCarthy is a literary historian with particular interests in poetry and poetics, textual theory, and the histories of material texts and reading. Her current research focuses on the transmission and reception of women's writing in manuscript miscellanies. She has published articles in the John Donne Journal, SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900, and Review of English Studies. She is also completing a book, ‘Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public in Early Modern England’, for Oxford University Press. This book argues that although—or perhaps because—publishers’ critical and editorial efforts are often elided in studies of early modern poetry, their interventions have had an enduring impact on our canons, texts, and literary histories.

E: erin.mccarthy@nuigalway.ie


Mark Empey

Mark Empey is a cultural historian with a particular interest in book history. He completed his PhD at University College Dublin in 2009 (funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) and the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute), which examined politics and religion in early Stuart Britain and Ireland through the lens of Sir Thomas Wentworth, earl of Strafford. In 2010 he was an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow at UCD where he worked on the project ‘Protestants, Print and Gaelic Culture, 1567-1722’. He was recipient of the Dr Garret Fitzgerald National University of Ireland (NUI) silver medal in 2012 and was awarded the NUI Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities between 2012 and 2014. Mark is completing his monograph Sir James Ware (1594-1666): Royalism, History and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (Boydell and Brewer, 2019). He also edited Early Stuart Irish Warrants, 1623-1639: The Falkland and Wentworth Administrations (Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2015) and co-edited The Church of Ireland and its Past: History, Interpretation and Identity (Dublin, 2017). Mark has published articles and essays on book history, scholarly networks and religious conflict in journals such as Irish Historical Studies, British Catholic History and Literature Compass. He is Lecturer in Early Modern British and Irish History at the National Univeristy of Ireland, Galway.

E: mark.empey@nuigalway.ie


Wes Hamrick

Wes Hamrick specialises in British and Irish literature of the long eighteenth century, with particular interests in poetry and the interaction between manuscript and print.  His current book project, ‘Revising the Public Sphere in the Four Nations, 1688-1800’, reframes British print culture in the age of Enlightenment by considering its impact on writing in Irish, Scots Gaelic, Scots vernacular and Welsh. His publications have appeared in SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500–1900 and New Hibernia Review. Before joining RECIRC, he was Visiting Faculty Fellow in Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, having previously held a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellowship.

E: wes.hamrick@uconn.edu


Ioanna Kyvernitou

Ioanna Kyvernitou is a PhD student in Digital Arts and Humanities at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research explores ways of combining women’s studies, history of philosophy and ontology engineering in order to model information contained in letters of early modern women related to philosophical issues. She is particularly interested in implementing semantic web applications to reconstruct women philosophers’ correspondence networks in seventeenth-century Europe. She has a BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Athens, an MA in Greek Language and Literature from the Open University of Cyprus, and an MSc in Digital Humanities from University College London.

E: i.kyvernitou1@nuigalway.ie

David Kelly

David Kelly

David Kelly is Research Technologist for the Moore Institute and the Whitaker Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He works with individual researchers and research teams engaged in projects with a digital dimension. For the RECRIC project, David is responsible for the design and development of the infrastructure, database and related web application used by the research team. This includes the creation of appropriate data visualisation tools for the project. Prior to joining the National University of Ireland, Galway, David established and ran a web development company based in Galway, and worked as a researcher in Information Systems at University College Cork.

E: david.d.kelly@nuigalway.ie