Catriona Kennedy
Senior Lecturer in Modern History



BA (TCD), PhD (York)

Catriona Kennedy is a senior lecturer in the history department and member of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. She works on modern British and Irish history with particular interests in the cultural history of war, politics, gender and national identity. She is currently Treasurer for the British Association for Irish Studies.



Catriona Kennedy has recently completed a post-doctoral project on the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars in Britain and Ireland . The resulting monograph analyses a wide range of personal testimonies by civilians and combatants to explore how the wars were experienced, perceived and narrated by contemporaries. This research is connected to the international Nations, Borders and Identities Project based in York and Berlin. Additional research interests include soldiers’ reading and the literary contexts of war narratives, as well as the representation and practice of soldiering in Georgian Britain and she has recently co-organized conferences on these themes with colleagues in the English department at York and at the University of Northampton.

Catriona’s doctoral research explored the relationship between gender, politics and Irish national identity during and after the revolutionary upheaval of the 1790s. She is currently revising her dissertation for publication as a monograph, provisionally titled Engendering Ireland: Women, Politics and Nation, 1789-1848.


Selected publications

  • Writing War: Britain and Ireland, 1793-1815 (forthcoming)
  • ‘The war at home: British civilian diaries, 1793-1815’ in Alan Forrest, Karen Hagemann and Etienne François (eds), Memories of War: Transmitting the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).
  • ‘John Bull into Battle : Military masculinity and the British army, 1793-1815’ in K. Hagemann, G. Mettele and J. Rendall (eds), Gender, War and Politics: The Wars of Revolution and Liberation in Transatlantic Comparison, 1775-1820 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
  • ‘From the ballroom to the battlefield: British women and Waterloo ’ in A. Forrest, K. Hagemann and J. Rendall (eds), Soldiers, Citizens and Civilians: Experiences and Perceptions of the French Wars, 1790-1820 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
  • ‘“A gallant nation”: Chivalric masculinity and Irish nationalism in the 1790s’ in Matthew McCormack (ed.), Public Men: Political Masculinities in Modern Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
  • ‘“Womanish Epistles?”: Martha McTier, female epistolarity and late eighteenth-century Irish radicalism’, Women’s History Review, vol. 13:4 (2004) (awarded the Clare Evans’ essay prize for women’s and gender history).

Contact details

Dr Catriona Kennedy
King's Manor K/376A
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 2977, External 01904 322977