I completed my PhD at Macquarie University in 2018. My thesis—Irish Lives in the British Caribbean: Engaging with Empire in the Revolutionary Era—examines the Irish experience of empire in the British Caribbean c.1770-1835 via ten individual biographies of Irish sojourners.  I wrote about military men, a slave trader/sugar planter, a merchant, a medical doctor, missionary, and imperial administrators. One of the most rewarding aspects of my research was exploring the way that biography enables the historian to advance an argument about the past.

As an early career researcher, my post-PhD career comprises a patchwork of projects. I’m the Assistant Editor for History Australia, the official journal of the Australian Historical Association. I also do sessional undergraduate teaching at Macquarie University. I’m a historian on the Female Factory Online and the St.John’s Cemetery Project. Alongside all of this, I’m working on some academic writing to get my thesis out into the world.

I am available for Freelance Research and Consultancy work. If you would like to discuss your project/requirements, please get in touch by email at jennifer@mclarenresearch.net I may specialise in Irish, Caribbean and British imperial history but my research interests are broad, so get in touch. If I can’t help, I’ll put you in touch with someone who can.

I’ve been blogging intermittently on this site for a few years about history books, podcasts and exhibitions. I’ve also written about my academic research and my family history research over the years. Go to Blog on the menu to scroll back over my posts.

Go to Listening for my reviews of history podcasts from around the English-speaking world. In Reading I publish book reviews. The Writing tab will direct you to my published works.

The Caribbean Histories Resources tab is a collection of links to publicly-accessible online sources, reviews and articles about the history of the Caribbean.

Follow me on twitter @McLarenJen and on instagram at @historianjen