• Late medieval Irish church;
• medieval and early-modern Irish women;
• histories of masculinity and femininity;
• medieval and early modern violence.
2010 Imagination, memory and the colonial self. Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming. (With Lindsay Proudfoot).
2003/2008 Women and the Church in Medieval Ireland c. 1140-1540. Dublin: Four Courts Press 252 pages. Paperback edition, 2008.
• BOOK CHAPTERS
2009 “Beyond the pale: gender and violence in Ireland, 1169-1603” in War, Peace, Society and International Order in History, eds Jost Dülffer and Robert Frank. Berghahn, forthcoming. (With Elizabeth Malcolm)
2009 “Gender, hybridity and violence on the late medieval Irish frontiers” in Practices of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, eds Megan Cassidy-Welch and Peter Sherlock. Brepols, forthcoming. (With Elizabeth Malcolm)
2006 “Words as weapons: speech, violence and gender in late medieval Ireland”, Éire/Ireland, 41, pp 122-141.
2004 “Necessary collaborations: Religious women and lay communities in medieval Ireland, c. 1200-1540” in Irish Women’s History, eds Alan Hayes and Diane Urquhart. 15-28. Dublin and Portland, OR: Irish Academic Press.
2003 “Women and violence in medieval Ireland” in Pawns or Players? Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Women, eds Christine Meek and Catherine Lawless. 131-140. Dublin: Four Courts Press.
1997 “Immoral and contemptuous: The trial of Elicia Butler, abbess of Kilculliheen in sixteenth-century Kilkenny” in Deviance and Textual Control: New Perspectives in Medieval Studies, eds M. Cassidy, H. Hickey and M. Street. 17-33. Melbourne: History Department, University of Melbourne.
1997 “Chasing the white rabbit: in search of religious women in medieval Ireland” in Raiding Clio’s Closet: Postgraduate Presentations in History 1997, eds M. Crotty and D. Scobie, 197-209. Melbourne: History Department, University of Melbourne.
1999 “Towards a prosopography of medieval Irish religious women”, Archivium Hibernicum, 53 (1999), pp 3-15.
1999 “The nuns of Lismullin and lay communities”, Ríocht na Midhe,10 (1999), pp 58-70.
• Early Irish history;
• modern and contemporary Irish history