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Dr Suzanne Forbes

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in History
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • History
  • suzanne.forbes

Professional biography

I joined the History Department at The Open University in June 2015. Before that, from 2012 - 2015, I lectured on a part-time basis at University College Dublin for the School of History and Archives and the UCD Access to Arts & Human Sciences programme. I also worked on a full-time basis in further education as Assistant Co-ordinator of the National Print Museum Culture & Heritage Local Training Initiative from 2012 - 2014. 

Research interests

I am interested in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Irish history. My PhD research looked at print and party politics in Ireland from 1689 - 1715. I am currently investigating the representative system in eighteenth-century Ireland.


Print and party politics in Ireland, 1689-1714 (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)

Journal Articles
‘A “lost” Quaker-Baptist pamphlet debate between William Penn & John Plimpton in 1698’, Eighteenth-century Ireland (forthcoming, 2017)

‘“Publick and Solemn Acknowledgements”: Occasional days of state-appointed worship in Ireland, 1689-1702’ in Irish Historical Studies, xxxviii, no. 152 (2013), pp 559-578.

‘David Hayton and Andrew Holmes (eds), Ourselves Alone… essays in tribute to Sean Connolly, Irish Literary Supplement (forthcoming, 2017)

‘Andrew Sneddon, Possessed by the devil (Dublin: The History Press, 2013)’ in Eighteenth-century Ireland, xxviv (2014), pp 188-90.

‘David Ryan, Blasphemers and Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2012)’, Eighteenth-century Ireland, xxviii (2013), pp 227-229.

Other (Edited)
Pressing Matters: A guide to collections of letterpress era printing and related equipment in Ireland and Northern Ireland (Dublin: National Print Museum, 2015).

Teaching interests

As a lecturer at University College Dublin I designed and delivered courses on Irish elections and electioneering, 1700 - 1800; print culture and the public sphere in Britain and Ireland, 1600 - 1800; public history; Irish studies; and study skills. At the National Print Museum I delivered courses on heritage; archaeology; medieval history; Irish culture; and ICT skills.

At The Open University I have been on the module teams for AA100, A105, and the taught MA in History. I am currently on the module team for A200 and am contributing to a new module on modern British and Irish history.

I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2016.

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