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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: Transnational 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?

Using personal correspondence and published literature, I will be able to analyse the political perspectives and activities of individuals including; Sylvia Pankhurst, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence, and Helena Swanwick, and consider the response of their Irish counterparts; Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Louie Bennett, Helena Flowers, Delia Larkin and Helen Chenevix. I will also use the organizational documentation and publications of suffrage, labour, and international groups such as; the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), National Federation of Women Workers (NFWW), and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

These groups and individuals have been chosen due to their close links with Irish individuals, politics and groups as well as their consistent engagement throughout the period 1900-1921. The time period allows for a consistent analysis of relationships through changing and tumultuous political circumstances such as: the reinvigoration of the suffrage movement in both Britain and Ireland (1903-1914), the 1916 Easter Rising, World War I (1914-1918), and the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921).

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


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'

November 2018: Women’s History Network Conference: Women’s Suffrage, Politics and the Political Sphere (Worcester University)

Paper: ‘Socialism in Suffrage: How the Social Networks of Dublin Facilitated Cooperation and Solidarity between the Irish Women’s Franchise League and the Labour Movement 1908-1916’


History of Russia Since 1881: HI289 (20/21)

This year I am teaching on the History of Russia Since 1881 module, convened by Dr. Claire Shaw.

Seminars: Wednesdays 12-1 and 1-2 (currently taking place on Microsoft Teams)

My office hours are from 10am-11am on Wednesdays. Office hours will be online for term 1, and conducted on Microsoft Teams.

Erin Geraghty
Office Hours: Wednesday 10-11