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After completing a MSc Modern British and Irish History at the University of Edinburgh in 2014 where her disssertation focused on the global networks and social mobility of Irish women religious, Rose came to the University of Aberdeen to write her PhD History under the supervision of Prof. Robert I. Frost and Prof. Michael Brown. Her dissertation titled 'Confronting Modernity: Leo XIII, "Rerum Novarum", and the Catholic Church in Ulster and Prussian Poland, 1878-1914', was funded by the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society, and Rule of Law (CISRUL). Since completing her PhD, Rose has returned to the History of Women Religious in her postdoctoral position on a co-funded project with the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen and the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. This ongoing project is titled 'Irish Women Religious in the Anglophone World, 1840-1950', and is led by Prof. Kathleen Sprows Cummings (Cushwa Center) and Prof. Michael Brown (RIISS), with Dr. Colin Barr (RIISS).
My research interests are broad ranging, but I am particularly interested in demonstrating how the groups we usually divide into sub-disciplines of history intersect with each other, and how each historical grouping develops in contact with one another. My primary interests and experiences are in the fields of: intellectual history; political history; social history; ecclesiastical history; papal history; 19th Century Theology; neo-Thomism; Catholic social action; Catholic lay action; modern Irish history; British Imperial history; diasporic studies; Polish history; women's history and the history of women religious.
My recently completed PhD project was titled "Confronting Modernity: Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, and the Catholic Church in Ireland and Prussian Poland, 1878-1914". While I'm completing further research on this topic for a manuscript, I am also working as a Research Fellow on the co-sponsored project with the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen and the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, titled "Irish Women Religious in the Anglophone World, 1840-1950". This project focuses on contributing to the field of the history of women religious through studying their work in missions, diasporas, and migrant communities abroad and how such work shaped new national identities and political ideas, as well as how women religious often provided the first education, healthcare, and social care to developing societies abroad.
More on this collaborative project can be found here.