Ph.D Science and Technology Studies, University College London (September 2012 – present)

Title: The Affect of Fosterage in Medieval Ireland

Supervisors: Dr William Maclehose (primary); Dr Haki Antonsson (secondary)

Examiners: Prof. Alison Finlay and Dr Elva Johnston

M.Phil. Celtic Studies, University of Oxford (2009 – 2011)

Title: The Construction of the Female Body and Womanhood in the Middle Irish Preface to Cáin Adomnáin. Distinction.

Supervisor: Prof. Thomas Charles-Edwards

B.A. Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge (2005 – 2008)

Peer Reviewed Publications

‘”It is no ordinary child I foster in my little cell”: Fostering the Christ Child in Medieval Ireland’ Eolas 10 (2017)

The Poet-Outsider and the Passion of Christ: Interlacing Myths in the Middle Irish Preface to Cáin Adomnáin‘ MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 5 (2010)


“You’re not my real Dad: Parental and Foster-parental Authority in Medieval Irish Literature” Borderlines 21, University College Cork (April, 2017)

“The Figure of the Mourning Fostermother and Alternative Families in Twelfth-century Ireland” Alternative Families, University of Sheffield (February, 2017)

“A long time ago in a
galaxy not so far away: Pop culture and public engagement”, Why My Research Matters: The Importance of Medieval and Early
Modern Studies in the 21st Century, University of Reading (April, 2016)

“Cú Chulainn and the Child’s
Body in Táin Bó Cúailnge” Ulidia 5, National University of Ireland, Maynooth (March, 2016)

“Wolf Mothers: Fosterage between species in medieval Irish literature” Earlier Middle Ages Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, London (January, 2016)

“It is no ordinary child I foster in my little cell: Fostering the Christ
Child in medieval Ireland” Parenthood and Childhood in the Middle Ages, University of Edinburgh (October, 2015)

“St Findchú of Brigown, Children, and a Response to Monastic Reform”, International Congress of Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow (July, 2015)

“St Findchú of Brigown, Children, and a Response to Monastic Reform” Tionól 2014, Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (November, 2014)

“A Troubling Childhood: Another look at the fosterage of Cú Chulainn” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (July, 2014)

“Lactating Male Saints: The creation of masculinity in twelfth century Irish hagiography”, Gender and Transgression 2014, University of St Andrews (June, 2014)

“Muimme’s Boy: Cú Chulainn’s relationship with Scáthach and the warrior community in Alba” Royal Holloway Postgraduate History seminar (February, 2014)

“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child: The Effacement of Mothers in Medieval Irish Hagiography” IHR History Lab seminar (January, 2014)

“The Renewal of a New Generation: Children in the poems of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe” Imbas 2013, NUI Galway (November, 2013)

Etrath o belaib ‘Fornication of the lips’: A Reading of Sexual Transgression in Aided Derbforgaill” Gender and Transgression 2013, University of St Andrews (May, 2013)

“‘The side I have sucked I will not mate with’: Forbidden Relationships in Aided Derbforgaill” Medieval Marraige Conference, University of Reading (March, 2013)

“A Literary Answer to a Historical Question: Dating the preface to the Cáin Adomnáin” Langage, History, and Language History among the Celts and their neighbours. A conference in honour of Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards on the occasion of his retirement (November, 2012)

Appointments and other positions

Reviews Editor, The Coat of Arms: The Journal of the Heraldry Society

Postgraduate Representative, Steering Committee, History UK (HE)

Secretary, IHR History Lab

Co-convener, Medieval Medicine Reading Group

Post-graduate Teaching Assistant, History of Science: Antiquity to the Enlightenment

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