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Dr Ruth Canning

History and Politics
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I am a historian of early modern Ireland and England with a special focus on sixteenth-century Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations.  My research examines the socio-political impact of war on identity formation amongst Ireland's minority Old English population during the Nine Years' War (1594-1603).  My monograph, The Old English in Early Modern Ireland: The Palesmen and the Nine Years' War, 1594-1603, was awarded the 2019 National University of Ireland Publication Prize in History.  I have published articles and essays exploring aspects of the political, economic, and legal history of late Elizabethan Ireland, and I have edited all of William Penn's works and correspondence relating to Ireland. As part of an NEH funded project, I recently designed a VR 3D history tour of Kilcolman Castle, Edmund Spenser's Irish residence, along with teaching resources (


I have had significant success securing research funding.   I have held visiting research fellowships with the Arts and Humanities Institute, Maynooth University, and the Moore Institute, University of Galway.  Before coming to Liverpool Hope I held a three-year Marie Curie International Research Fellowship at University College Cork and Concordia University in Montreal.  I was also an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral fellow on a project which explored William Penn's Irish experiences and his early trans-Atlantic networks.  I completed my PhD at University College Cork, a MA at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a BA at Mount Allison University.