Dr Catriona Pennell


I left my home town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1998 to undertake a degree in History and Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin. After graduating with a double first class BA (Hons) degree in 2002, I continued to develop my interdisciplinary interest with an MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics (2002-2003). The draw of history, however, remained strong and I returned to Trinity in October 2003 to begin my PhD under the supervision of Professor John Horne. I was awarded two major scholarships – the R.B. McDowell-Ussher Fellowship from Trinity College, Dublin (2003-2006) and the R.H.S. Centenary Fellowship from the Institute of Historical Research (2006-2007). My thesis examined popular responses to the outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland in order to challenge over simplifications such as ‘war enthusiasm’ in the British case and ‘war disenchantment’ in the Irish case. I spent a valuable ten months working in the charitable sector supporting the educational development of unaccompanied asylum seeking minors (UASC) in Oxford before being appointed Lecturer in Modern History at Cardiff University in 2008. In September 2009 I took up my current position as Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus. In 2011 I was the An Foras Feasa Visiting Fellow at NUI Maynooth, Ireland. In April 2013, I was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer.

Awards and Fellowships

9 July 2016: VIP at the Republic of Ireland state ceremony to mark centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, Dublin. 

4 August 2014: VIP at the Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War at Westminster Abbey, London.

4 July 2014: A Kingdom United: Popular Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Britain and Ireland (OUP, 2012) selected as OUP's roundtable publication at the Anglo-American Conference for Historians, 2014.

25 March 2014: VIP to be individually introduced to the Queen and other members of the royal family at the Irish Reception at Buckingham Palace in recognition of my contribution to the history of Anglo-Irish relations during the First World War.

December 2012: Awarded Jack Miller Center Essay Prize 2012 for best essay accepted for publication in Historically Speaking during 2012 in the area of military/diplomatic history.

July 2012: Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Sept - Dec 2011: An Foras Feasa Visiting Fellow, NUI Maynooth, Ireland.

2010 - present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

2006 – 2007: Junior Visiting Research Scholar at the Modern European History Research Centre and Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford.

2006 - 2007: RHS Centenary Fellow, Institute of Historical Research.

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