I am a historian of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, specialising in the experiences of migrants and women in the past. I have held teaching and research positions at Ulster University, University of Greenwich, NUI Maynooth, University of Toronto, and the Royal Irish Academy. My research has been supported by major grants from the NUI and Marie Curie/Irish Research Council Cofund. I have held research fellowships at St John’s College Cambridge, the Russian State Library for Foreign Literature, the Huntington Library, and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. In 2018-19, I was co-editor of Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an d√° Chult√ļr. I am author of Geographies of the Romantic North: Science, Antiquarianism, and Travel, 1790‚Äď1830 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); A Scientific, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour: John (Fiott) Lee in Ireland, England and Wales, 1806‚Äď1807 (Routledge for Hakluyt Society, 2018); and co-editor with Ragnar Deeney Almqvist and Helena Nolan of All Strangers Here: 100 Years of Personal Writing from the Irish Foreign Service (Arlen House, 2021; repr. 2022). I am currently completing my fourth book, on Irish encounters with Russia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am regularly invited to give public talks and to speak on local and national TV and radio.
|Areas of expertise||
Eighteenth century, nineteenth century, Irish diaspora, women’s history, British empire, women in science, travel and exploration, the Irish in Russia
Dr Angela Byrne
Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Greenwich, 2014
Cultural Officer, Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin. June 2019-present.
DFAT Historian-in-Residence, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin. June 2018‚ÄďJune 2019.
Lecturer in Modern British and Irish History (part-time), School of English and History, Ulster University. Jan. 2017‚ÄďJune 2018.
Career break. Apr.‚ÄďDec. 2016
Lecturer in History, Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences, University of Greenwich, London. Aug. 2013‚ÄďApr. 2016.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of History, National University of Ireland Maynooth. Oct. 2012‚ÄďSept. 2013.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. Oct. 2010‚ÄďSept. 2012.
Research and Editorial Assistant (part-time), Irish Historic Towns Atlas, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. June 2003‚ÄďSept. 2010.
|Management & Administrative experience||
Programme Leader, MA History, University of Greenwich, 2013‚Äď15
Faculty Research Review committee, University of Greenwich, 2013‚Äď14
Faculty Technology Enhanced Learning committee, University of Greenwich, 2014‚Äď15
I have designed and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including:
In 2018-19, I was Historian-in-Residence at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, where I curated three touring exhibitions for Irish embassies abroad.
I regularly deliver public lectures for local history societies and at public events, have published history articles in local and national newspapers, and have organised public outreach events including travelling exhibitions, a History Ireland Hedge School at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and the “Ulster University Herstory Salon” in May 2017.
|Committees & Associations||
History editor, Eighteenth-Century Ireland/Iris an d√° Chult√ļr, 2018-19.
MAJOR RESEARCH GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library (value $3000), 2015‚Äď16
Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellowship, National University of Ireland Galway (value ‚ā¨1900), 2015‚Äď16
CARA Postdoctoral Mobility Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Marie Curie COFUND/Irish Research Council (value ‚ā¨200,000), 2010‚Äď13
Visiting Fellow, All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow, 2013
Overseas Visiting Scholar, St John‚Äôs College, University of Cambridge, 2010
National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship (value ‚ā¨42,000), 2006‚Äď9
Postgraduate research bursary, Department of History, National University of Ireland Maynooth (value ‚ā¨5000), 2003‚Äď4
Anna Parnell Travel Grant Award, Women‚Äôs History Association of Ireland (‚ā¨500), 2017
University of Greenwich, ‚ÄėGreenwich Connect‚Äô seed funding for technology in teaching and learning (10 audio kits for student podcast projects), 2014‚Äď15
University of Greenwich Early Career Researcher travel bursary (¬£881), 2014
An Foras Feasa, National University of Ireland Maynooth conference organisation funding (‚ā¨500), 2013
Department of History, National University of Ireland Maynooth conference organisation funding (‚ā¨250), 2013
Canadian Historical Association annual meeting travel fund ($400), 2012
Editorial assistant, Irish Historic Towns Atlas: Dublin suburbs series
2021. Byrne, Angela, Ragnar Deeney Almqvist and Helena Nolan (eds). All Strangers Here: 100 Years of Personal Writing from the Irish Foreign Service (Arlen House, 2021; 2nd ed. 2022).
2018. Byrne, Angela (ed.). A Scientific, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour: John (Fiott) Lee in Ireland, England and Wales, 1806‚Äď1807 (Routledge for Hakluyt Society).
2013. Byrne, Angela. Geographies of the Romantic North: Science, Antiquarianism, and Travel, 1790‚Äď1830 (Palgrave Macmillan).
In preparation. Byrne, Angela, with Sebastian Sobecki (eds), Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations of the English Nation (1598‚Äď1600), vol. 2. Oxford University Press.
2019. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúThe Scientific Traveller.‚ÄĚ Routledge Research Companion to Travel Writing, edited by Alasdair Pettinger and Tim Youngs (Routledge), pp. 17‚Äď29.
2016. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúImagining the Celtic North: Science and Romanticism on the Fringes of Britain.‚ÄĚ Imagining the Supernatural North, edited by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, Danielle Marie Cudmore and Stefan Donecker (University of Alberta Press), pp. 131‚Äď47.
2015. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúScientific Practice and the Scientific Self in Rupert‚Äôs Land, c.1770‚Äď1830: Fur Trade Networks of Knowledge Exchange.‚ÄĚ Spaces of Global Knowledge: Exhibition, Encounter and Exchange in an Age of Empire, edited by Diarmid A. Finnegan and Jonathan J. Wright (Ashgate), pp. 79‚Äď95.
2015. Byrne, Angela. ‚Äú‚ÄėNo Longer to be Gazed at as a Distant Glimmering Star‚Äô: Irish-Born British Diplomats‚Äô Accounts of Russia, 1733‚Äď1767.‚ÄĚ Interm√©diaires Culturels / Cultural Intermediaries, edited by Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding and Ellen R. Welch (Honor√© Champion √Čditeur), pp. 57‚Äď82.
2013. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúEntertainment, Memorials and Societies.‚ÄĚ Maps and Texts: Exploring the Irish Historic Towns Atlas, edited by Howard B. Clarke and Sarah Gearty (Royal Irish Academy), pp. 236‚Äď53.
2013. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúLes Voyageuses Irlandaises √† Spa au 18e Si√®cle.‚ÄĚ Spa, Carrefour de l‚ÄôEurope des Lumi√®res. Les H√ītes de la Cit√© Thermale au XVIIIe Si√®cle, edited by Daniel Droixhe with Muriel Collart (Hermann), pp. 67‚Äď87.
Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúPrincess Dashkova and the Wilmot Sisters.‚ÄĚ Treasures of the Royal Irish Academy Library, edited by Bernadette Cunningham and Siobh√°n Fitzpatrick (Royal Irish Academy, 2009), pp. 248‚Äď55.
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
2022.¬†‚ÄėLife Lines: Agency and Autobiography in Sarah Curran‚Äôs Poetry.‚Äô¬†Women‚Äôs History Review, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 126-141. DOI:¬†10.1080/09612025.2022.2161441.
2022. ‚ÄėLife after Emmet‚Äôs Death: Sarah Curran‚Äôs Literary and Friendship Circle.‚Äô¬†Irish Studies¬†Review, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 119‚Äď135. DOI:¬†10.1080/09670882.2022.2076555.
2019. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúThe World of an Irish Merchant Migrant to the Canadas, 1830‚Äď43: The Memoir of David Blair Little.‚ÄĚ Immigrants and Minorities, vol. 37, pp. 69-91. DOI: 10.1080/02619288.2019.1623673
2019. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúAnonymity, Irish Women‚Äôs Writing, and a Tale of Contested Authorship: Blue-Stocking Hall (1827) and Tales of my Time (1829).‚ÄĚ Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, vol. 119C. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3318/PRIAC.2019.119.02
2015. Byrne, Angela. ‚Äú‚ÄėMy Little Readers‚Äô: Catharine Parr Traill‚Äôs Natural Histories for Children.‚ÄĚ Journal of Literature and Science, vol. 8, no. 1 [special issue] Ingenious Minds: British Women as Facilitators of Scientific Knowledge Exchange, 1810‚Äď1900, pp. 86‚Äď101. DOI: 10.12929/jls.08.1.06
2013. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúA Gentlemanly Tour on the Fringes of Europe: William Hartigan Barrington in Scandinavia and Russia, 1837.‚ÄĚ Irish Economic and Social History, vol. 40, pp. 31‚Äď47. DOI: 10.7227/IESH.40.1.2
2020. Byrne, Angela.¬†‚ÄėKate McCarry, Letterkenny‚Äôs First Woman Urban District Councillor.‚Äô¬†Donegal Annual, no. 72, pp. 27‚Äď31.
2019. Byrne, Angela.¬†‚ÄėConstructing the Global Irish Woman Traveller: Cynthia Longfield‚Äôs Scientific Researches in South America, 1921‚Äď27.‚Äô¬†ABEI Journal: The Brazilian Journal of Irish Studies, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 27‚Äď36. Available at¬†https://doi.org/10.37389/abei.v21i2.
2017. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúA Previously Unknown Traveller‚Äôs Account of Kilkenny: John Lee (n√© Fiott) Visits Dunmore Cave, September 1806.‚ÄĚ Old Kilkenny Review: Journal of Kilkenny Archaeological Society, vol. 69, pp. 105‚Äď13.
2016. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúStudent-Generated Podcasting for Learning and Assessment in Undergraduate History.‚ÄĚ Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, vol. 8, no. 12, n.pag. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/compass.v8i12.258
2013. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúThe European Travels of Dorothea Ladeveze Adlercron (ne√© Rothe), c.1827‚Äď54.‚ÄĚ Old Kilkenny Review: Journal of Kilkenny Archaeological Society, vol. 65, pp. 81‚Äď93.
2011. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúSupplementing the Autobiography of Princess Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova: the Russian Diaries of Martha and Katherine Wilmot.‚ÄĚ Irish Slavonic Studies, vol. 23, pp. 25‚Äď34.
2011. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúIrish Soldiers in Russia, 1690‚Äď1812: a Re-assessment.‚ÄĚ The Irish Sword, vol. 28, no. 111, pp. 43‚Äď58.
‚ÄėHow Northern Lights have Fascinated Irish People for Centuries‚Äô.¬†RT√Č Brainstorm, 27 Feb. 2023.
Series of 19 blog posts on women‚Äôs history on¬†RT√Č Culture¬†website, 2020.
‚ÄėFrom Russia (to Ireland) with Love.‚Äô¬†History Today, 26 Mar. 2020.
‚ÄúPrincess Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova.‚ÄĚ Royal Irish Academy library blog, 2019.
Articles in ‚ÄúExtraordinary Emigrants‚ÄĚ series, Irish Times digital edition, 2018-19.
‚ÄúBog Bursts at Cappanihane, Ireland, 1697 and 1727.‚ÄĚ Weather Extremes blog, 16 Sept. 2015, University of Nottingham, blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/weatherextremes/2015/09/16/guest-post-bog-bursts-at-cappanihane-ireland-1697-and-1727/.
I have published book reviews in Irish Historical Studies,¬†Women‚Äôs History Association of Ireland online reviews,¬†International Journal of Maritime History, British Society for Literature and Science online reviews,¬†Environment and History,¬†English Historical Review,¬†Keats-Shelley Journal,¬†¬†Irish Studies Review and¬†Journal of British Studies.
2021. Byrne, Angela.¬†‚ÄėA Mother‚Äôs Advice to her Pregnant Daughter, 1813.‚Äô¬†Birth and the Irish: A Miscellany, edited by Salvador Ryan (Wordwell), pp. 100‚Äď103.
Byrne, Angela. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography entries: Katherine Wilmot (1773‚Äď1824), Martha Wilmot (1775‚Äď1873), Eleanor Cavanagh (fl. 1803‚Äď8), Sarah Curran (1782‚Äď1808).
Byrne, Angela. Cambridge Dictionary of Irish Biography entry: Anna Maria Chetwood (1774‚Äď1870).
2019. Byrne, Angela. ‚Äú(Hi)stories Contained: The Earl Grey Orphans Scheme, 1848‚Äď50.‚ÄĚ Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision, edited by Stephen Rea and Jessica Traynor, pp. 13‚Äď20.
2019. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúLizzie and William‚Äôs Continental Honeymoon, 1859.‚ÄĚ Marriage and the Irish: a Miscellany, edited by Salvador Ryan (Wordwell Books), pp. 160-62.
2016. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúSacrificed on ‚Äėthe Mountain of Final Death‚Äô: the Drumkeeragh Bog Body, 1781‚Äď5.‚ÄĚ Death and the Irish: a Miscellany, edited by Salvador Ryan (Wordwell Books), pp. 105‚Äď7.
2016. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúGrieving through the Sublime: Dorothea Ladeveze Adlercron at Lake Garda, 1844.‚ÄĚ Death and the Irish: a Miscellany, edited by Salvador Ryan (Wordwell Books), pp. 127‚Äď9.
2016. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúDashing Waves and Dreadful Cliffs: John Lee‚Äôs Visit to the Blaskets, 1806.‚ÄĚ History Ireland, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 24‚Äď5.
2015. Byrne, Angela. ‚ÄúOriental Riches and Shrunk Black Fingers: an Anglo-Irish Visit to a Russian Orthodox Monastery in 1806.‚ÄĚ Treasures of Irish Christianity, Volume 3: To the Ends of the Earth, edited by Salvador Ryan (Veritas), pp. 96‚Äď9.
Byrne, Angela. ‚Äú‚ÄėWhy Wouldn‚Äôt They Content Themselves to Dress like Christians?‚Äô: Fashion and Self-Fashioning in Late Eighteenth-Century Russia.‚ÄĚ Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia Newsletter, vol. 37 (2009), pp. 14‚Äď18.