Abigail Fletcher (MA, BA (Oxon))

Thesis title: "From Partition to Decriminalisation: Homosexuality in Northern Ireland 1921-1982"


Abigail graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 2019, with a First Class BA in History, where her undergraduate research looked at LGBT activism in Northern Ireland 1982-2002. She received her MA History from Queen's University Belfast, having studied gender-based peace activism in Northern Ireland from 1969-1995. She began her doctoral project at the University of Edinburgh in September 2020, which is supported by the Justin Arbuthnott Scholarship in Modern Irish History. 



MA History, Queen's University Belfast (2019-2020), Distinction

Dissertation: "Ray of Hope on Dark Horizon: Gender-Based Peace Activism in Northern Ireland 1969-1995" (supervisor Professor Diane Urquhart) 

BA (Oxon) History, Magdalen College Oxford (2016-2019), Double First and Demyship 

Dissertation: LGBT Activism in Northern Ireland 1982-2002 (supervisor Professor Sian Pooley)


Responsibilities & affiliations

Co-convenor for the Modern Irish History seminar series at the University of Edinburgh (January 2021-present) and member of the Histories of Gender and Sexualities Steering Group (September 2020-present) 

Current research interests

Abigail's doctoral project examines the regulation, reform and lived experience of homosexuality in Northern Ireland 1921-1982.

Affiliated research centres


University of Edinburgh and University of Cambridge Irish History Workshop, January 2021 

Papers delivered

University of Edinburgh and University of Cambridge Irish  History Workshop, January 2021