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Erin Geraghty

Research Overview

My PhD research project is supervised by Dr Laura Schwartz of the History Department at the University of Warwick. I have been awarded the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities from the Wolfson Foundation.

My working title is: British Feminists in Ireland 1900-1921: Imperial sisterhood or internationalist solidarity? My aim is to examine the politics of the British women participating in Irish feminist and labour movements, with particular reference to how international socialism and solidarity played out in a colonial setting. To what extent was the participation of British feminists in Ireland motivated by a maternalistic imperialism that prioritised British women’s enfranchisement over Irishwomen’s aims? Was socialist women’s commitment to internationalist class struggle protection against, or complicit with imperialist power dynamics?

Academic Background

2019-2022: University of Warwick

PhD - History

Supervisor: Dr Laura Schwartz

2017-2018: University of the West of England

MRes - History (Pass with Distinction)

Thesis: ‘Socialism in Suffrage: The Nature of Cooperation between the IWFL and the Labour Movement in Dublin 1908-1918’

Supervisors: Dr Laura Harrison; Dr Rose Osmond-Wallis

2014-2017: University of the West of England

BA (Hons) - History (First Class)

Dissertation: ‘Irish Women’s Franchise League: A Political Perspective 1908-1914'

Supervisor: Dr Phillip Ollerenshaw

Funding and Awards

2020 British Association for Irish Studies (BAIS) Postgraduate Bursary Prize

2019-2022 Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities: Wolfson Foundation

2017-2018 UWE Vice Chancellor Scholarship


November 2021: Working-Class Studies Conference Ireland

Paper: Strikes and Suffragettes: How Militancy Facilitated Cooperation between the Irish Women's Franchise League and the Dublin Labour Movement 1910-1914

January 2021: Cambridge Gender and Sexuality Workshop

Paper: Emmeline Pethick Lawrence and the 'Irish Kiddies': Imperial Feminism or Gendered Solidarity?

May-August 2020: Warwick History PG Podcast (replacing the Warwick History Postgraduate Conference 2020)

Contributor Episode: 'Power and Protest in the Long Nineteenth Century'

Hosted Episodes:

  • 'Queer(in)g History'
  • 'Clean Eating and Tanning as Cultural Phenomena'
  • 'Printed Identities in the Early Modern English Parliament and America's Antebellum South'


(Forthcoming 2022), 'Gender Politics of Class: Exploring the connections and collaboration between the Irish Labour movement and the Irish Women's Franchise League in Dublin 1908-1914', in The Routledge History of the Working Class in the West ed. by Oliver Betts, Laura Harrison and Laura Price.


HI2D4 Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in Modern Britain (Paternity Cover)

HI178 Farewell to Arms? War in Modern European History 1815-2015

Erin Geraghty
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