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Network in Canadian History & Environment
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I am an incoming History PhD Candidate at King's College, London (2010) and am the current web editor and project manager for the Network in Canadian History & Environment (NiCHE)
I hold an MA in Public History and a Certificate in Writing from the University if Western Ontario.
My current research looks at the role of the media in shaping ethnic tension in 19th century England with a focus on anti-Irish stereotypes. The Anglo-Irish relationship can be described as "strained" for centuries. During the 19th century, the Irish were often characterized as lazy, crude and thieving by their English neighbours. My research aims to understand whether this attitude towards the Irish was built from individual experiences with Irish immigrants, or based on political and religious agendas that were shaped by international events and sensationalized news.
My interest in the media extends to the present day where I routinely contribute to a variety of popular magazines and websites that seek to disseminate academic knowledge to a wider audience.
In 2010 I have a monthly column on the group blog, "Active History.ca" which discusses Canadian historians who reach a wide audience with their work.
I have also published an article about how to get your research findings into newspapers and magazines in University Affairs magazine.
I have co-organized two workshops that teach these same skills to Canadian graduate students. The first, at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada was hosted by myself and Jason Young (PhD Candidate, York University). The second was held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and co-hosted by Dr. Sean Kheraj (UBC Post-Doc). Keep your eyes peeled for more workshops in the future.