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About me

I studied BA  Modern History at the University of Westminster from 2003-06, and gained a  MA in Irish History from Queen's University in 2007 and was  awarded my doctorate there in 2010.  I have been lecturing in history at the University of Westminster since 2011. My teaching has a 20th century focus and cuts across Irish  British and US history. 

I am the Course Leader for the BA History Degree


  • History Tutorial 
  • Blood and Iron: The Making of the Modern World Part One 1750-1914
  • Civil War to Civil Rights: Race Society and Politics in the USA 1850-1970
  • Fenians to Free State: The Making of Modern Ireland 1868-1923
  • The Troubles Britain and Ireland 1968-1998
  • History Dissertation
  • History and Politics Dissertation
  • Practical Work in Historical Archives -History Internship


Irish communism and more broadly the left in Ireland from the development of New Unionism until the end of the Cold War; Irish political organisations in Britain; twentieth century social and political history. Urban History with focus on Belfast. 

Current Research Projects

  • Patrick is currently working on journal articles pertaining to Irish Communism 
  •  'Sectarian suburbs ' a book which examines the impact of 'the Troubles' on Housing policy in Belfast