Campus: Guelph
Office: 1011 MacKinnon Extension
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  • Ph.D. University of Edinburgh, 2000
  • M.A. McGill University, 1997
  • B.A. McGill University, 1996


  • Modern Irish and Scottish Economic and Social History
  • Tourism in Ireland British and Irish Textile History
  • Women and Work during Industrialization

My current research, drawing on old hotel books, explores the social and cultural history of the inn and hotel in Victorian Ireland. It extends my previous research programme, which examined ‘tourist development’ projects in nineteenth-century Ireland and the intersections of gendered, racial and class identities in Irish travel writing. I also have longstanding interests in comparative Scottish and Irish social history.
Both my current work on Irish hotel and inns and my previous projects on Irish and Scottish tourism and travel history have been funded through SSHRC grants.

I welcome prospective graduate students with such interests, and can provide modest stipends to support work aligned with my funded research. Areas of

Research for Graduate Supervision

  • Modern Irish and Scottish Economic and Social History

I welcome graduate students with interests in tourism and travel history in Ireland and Scotland. You will find excellent archival resources here and a collegial environment in which to work.

I have a strong commitment to student engagement in research projects, and will consider providing financial support for those eligible and interested in aligned research programmes.

Selected Publications

  • “The Irishness of the Irish Inn: Narratives of Travel Accommodation in Ireland from Union to Home Rule.” Studies in Travel Writing 17, no. 1 (2013): 22-42.
  • “‘[A] British Social Institution’: The Visitors’ Book and Hotel Culture in Victorian Britain and Ireland.” Journeys: The International Journal of Travel Writing 13, no. 1 (2012): 42-69.
  • “Meeting Kate Kearney at Killarney: Gender, Sexuality and Performances of a Literary and National Subject, 1850-1914.” In Travel Writing and Tourism in Britain and Ireland, edited by Benjamin Colbert, 181-200. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
  • “Constructing the Donegal Seaside at Rosapenna: Imagining Norway in Victorian and Edwardian Ulster.” In Art and Identity at the Water’s Edge, edited by Tricia Cusack, 211-28. Farnham: Ashgate Press, 2012.
  • Handloom Weavers in Ulster’s Linen Industry, 1815-1914. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007.
  • “In No Degree Inferior”: Scotland and ‘Tourist Development’ in Late-Victorian Ireland”. In Ireland and Scotland in the Nineteenth Century, edited by James McConnel and Frank Ferguson. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009, 11-22.
  • “Outwork in Ireland: New Perspectives.” In Essays in Irish Labour History: A Festschrift for Elizabeth and John W. Boyle, edited by Fintan Lane, Francis Devine and Niamh Puirseil. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2008, 103-17.
  • “Wilds of Ireland’: Tourism and Western Terrain in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries.” In Irelands of the Mind: Memory and Identity in Modern Irish Culture, edited by Richard C. Allen & Stephen Regan. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2008, 12-31.
  • “A Royal Route through Irish Holiday-Ground: Marking and Marketing the Duke of York Route, 1897.” In Royal Tourism: Excursions around Monarchy, edited by Philip Long and Nicola Palmer. Clevedon: Channel View Publications, 2007, 62-79.


I am currently funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. My previous awards have included a SSHRC Standard Research Grant, collaborative funding with the University of Ulster, the Institute of Uster-Scots Studies, and the Ireland-Canada University Fund.