I recently submitted my PhD thesis at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. 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 thesis (in my humble opinion) was my exploration of the way that biography enables the historian to advance an argument about the past.

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 try to 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.

I maintain a separate blog called Caribbean Histories: Resources for learning about the Caribbean Past. Click here to go to the blog, which is a collection of links, reviews and articles about the history of the Caribbean.

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