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Dr Suzanne Forbes

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Professional biography

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

Research interests

I am interested in political culture in eighteenth-century Ireland. My PhD research looked at print and party politics in Ireland from 1689 - 1715. I am currently carrying out research on the representative system in eighteenth-century Ireland, focussing on evidence related to controverted elections.

Teaching interests

At The Open University I have been on the module teams for AA100, A105, A200 and the taught MA in History. I have recently contributed two units to A225, the new Level 2 history module on modern British and Irish history. 

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

Impact and engagement


La « nationalité » dans les discours parlementaires britanniques au XIXe siècle (2021-01-01)
Plassart, Anna and Forbes, Suzanne
Mots: Les langages du politique, 121 (pp. 15-36)

A 'Lost' Quaker-Baptist Pamphlet Debate between William Penn and John Plimpton in 1698 (2018-02-28)
Forbes, Suzanne
Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 32 (pp. 44-64)

‘Publick and solemn acknowledgements’: occasional days of state-appointed worship in Ireland, 1689–1702 (2013-11)
Forbes, Suzanne
Irish Historical Studies, 38(152) (pp. 559-578)

Print and Party Politics in Ireland, 1689-1714 (2018-03-22)
Forbes, Suzanne
ISBN : 978-3-319-71585-8 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan