Mo Moulton

Professor, Dr.

  • Professor of Modern British and Irish History, History

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome queries from prospective MRes, MA by Research, and PhD students. I'm interested in supervising projects on:
* twentieth-century Irish social history
* British or Irish queer history
* global histories of cooperatives or other collectives / alternative economic forms

Past PhD projects supervised include:
- Shahmima Akhtar, “‘A public display of its own capabilities and resources’: a cultural history of Irish identity on display, 1851-2015.”
- Martha Robinson Rhodes, “Bisexuality and Multiple-Gender-Attraction in Britain, 1970-1990: A Queer Oral History.”

20132024

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Biography

After studying history at MIT (a surprising but happy choice), I worked in the non-profit sector, mainly on campaign financing, in San Francisco and New York. I earned a PhD, funded in part by the SSRC and a Mellon grant, from Brown University under the supervision of Professor Deborah Cohen. From 2010 to 2016, I taught at Harvard University’s History and Literature program.

Research interests

I research the social and cultural history of Britain and Ireland in the 20th century. I study collectives and communities: how people understand themselves as part of a nation, part of a subculture, or part of a cooperative, for example. I use the frameworks of queer history and postcolonial theory to study the past and to think about how it relates to our present-day preoccupations.

I'm currently working on a micro-history of Irish cooperative creameries - which I think have a lot to reveal about the stories we tell about twentieth-century capitalism. I'm also pursuing a side-project into why, and with what consequences, 'chosen family' became central to modern queer communities.

I'm interested in supervising PhD projects on:
* twentieth-century Irish social history
* British or Irish queer history
* global histories of cooperatives or other collectives / alternative economic forms

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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