Shannon Devlin
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Research Interests

I am a social and gender historian of nineteenth-century Ireland. My research interests lie in the Irish middle classes and middle-class family. My research uses horizontal relationships (such as siblings or cousins) to explore the role of kin in social networking, family finances, family reputation and strategy. In 2020, I completed my PhD at Queen's University, Belfast, and am currently developing this research into a monograph. 

I have previously published my research on Irish girls' education in Women's History Review and through the Centre for Public History at QUB. 

In 2022, I was a Short-Term Fellow at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania undertaking my new research project into the role of siblings in Irish nineteenth-century migration networks. 

I am a member of RIFNET: Reconstituting the Irish Family, an ESRC/IRC-funded network of interdisciplinary scholars researching non-traditional families in Irish history. I am also a member of the Women's History Association of Ireland, the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, the Irish Association of Professional Historians, and an ECR member of the Royal Historical Society. 

Teaching Interests

I have previous experience teaching history skills, public history, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland, nineteenth-century gender history and the history of criminality in Ireland. 

I am currently teaching Irish gender history at our Coleraine campus. I am convening HIS130: Making History; HIS325: Family, Sexuality, and the State; and HIS515: Saints and Sinners: Women in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Ireland.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).