Rachel Kowalski  

Founder and Network Partner

Rachel is a Wolfson Scholar and PhD candidate at the History Department of the University of Oxford under the supervision of  Prof. Ian McBride and Dr. Marc Mulholland. She completed her undergraduate and post graduate studies at Kings College London's departments of History and War Studies, where she obtained first class honours and distinction class respectively. Her research concerns the nature of the violence perpetrated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army during the in the Northern Ireland 'troubles' during the 1970's . 

Rachel is interested in the study of violence more generally, and is a member of other interdisciplinary networks to this end also, including the Leverhulme Research Network, Understanding Insurgencies. In 2016 she founded the Oxford Seminar for the Study of Violence, now Violence Studies Oxford,  which included organising and chairing a program of fortnightly interdisciplinary seminars on the topic of violence. In her spare time Rachel is a history and travel blogger at www.blueeyedreflections.com

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Adam Brodie

Network Partner

Adam is a PhD student at the University of Oxford, supervised by Professors Michael Biggs and Robin Harding. Prior to Oxford he completed a BA in History & War Studies, and an MA in Terrorism Studies, at King’s College London, obtaining two first class honours degrees. His current research straddles the divide between Politics and Sociology, by investigating the causes of collective action and extra-parliamentary politics in post-Troubles Northern Ireland, and the efficacy of peacebuilding initiatives carried out beyond the state.


Dr Erica Charters

Network Partner

Erica's  research examines how war and disease intersect with state formation and state power, particularly in colonial contexts.  Her monograph Disease, War, and the Imperial State: The Welfare of British Armed Forces during the Seven Years War (Chicago, 2014) traces how responses to disease shaped military strategy, medical theory, and the nature of British imperial authority.  The American Association for the History of Medicine awarded this the George Rosen Prize for 2016, and the Society for Army Historical Research awarded this Best First Book for 2014.  Her published work on this topic also includes 'The Caring Fiscal-Military State during the Seven Years War, 1756-1763', Historical Journal (2009). 

Dr David Dwan

Network Partner

David's research addresses the relationship between literature and intellectual history (particularly moral and political philosophy) from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. He has a particular interest in Irish writing.  His first book – The Great Community (Field Day, 2008) – examined the evolution of cultural nationalism in Ireland.  W. B. Yeats was the central figure of the book, but he also considered some of his most important intellectual influences, from Edmund Burke to the Young Ireland movement of the 1840s.  Since then David has co-edited (with Christopher Insole) The Cambridge Companion to Edmund Burke and published articles on a variety of figures from Rousseau to Woolf.  His monograph Liberty, Equality and Humbug: Orwell's Political Ideals will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.