Dr Sophie Cooper

Dr Sophie CooperTeaching Fellow In Irish History

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2765
  • Office: Room 13, 3-5 Salisbury Road

Personal details

I studied for my History undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter (with a short stint at Deakin University in Melbourne) before moving to Dublin to study for my M.Phil in Modern Irish History at Trinity College Dublin. I then spent a year working in the engineering industry and a further year working in and consulting with museums as a freelance researcher. During my PhD at the University of Edinburgh I was a William McFarlane Fellow, working closely with the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies. My PhD (awarded 2017) looked at Irish communities in Melbourne and Chicago during the nineteenth century and was supervised by Professor Enda Delaney and Dr Niall Whelehan. Since graduating I have lectured at Northumbria University, University of Edinburgh, University of Newcastle, and Strathclyde University, and most recently I was the Research Fellow on the Scottish Irish Migration Initiative based between the University of Edinburgh and University College Dublin. In January 2020 I was appointed Teaching Fellow in Irish History at the University of Leicester.


I am a social and cultural historian of Ireland and its diaspora, particularly in the role of women in shaping ethnic identity over multiple generations. My work is comparative and uses case studies in the United States and Australia as well as in Ireland and Britain to more fully examine ethnic communities and the activities which bond people together - including education, sport, religion, and associational culture. My most recent work focuses on the role of women religious (or nuns) in and outside of Ireland during the turn of the nineteenth/twentieth centuries.

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