Sophie Cooper

PhD Student - History


Sophie is in the final year of her doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis is entitled 'Irish Migrant Identities and Community Life in Melbourne and Chicago, 1840-1890' and is supervised by Prof. Enda Delaney and Dr. Niall Whelehan. Sophie previously studied at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Exeter.


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Responsibilities & affiliations

Year representative for Staff Student Liaison Committee at University of Edinburgh

Committee member & former postgraduate representative for Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ).

British Association of American Studies

British Association of Irish Studies

Transnational Ireland Network

Undergraduate teaching

American History 2 (2015/16, 2016/17)

British History 1 (2015/16)

Past project grants

William McFarlane Scholarship / Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2013-2016; Researcher-Led Initiative Fund / Institute of Academic Development, 2016 (with Bobbie Nolan and Catherine Bateson); King V. Hostick Scholarship / Illinois State Historical Society, 2015; Peter Parish Memorial Fund Research Grant / British American Nineteenth Century Historians, 2015; Social History Society Conference Organisation Award, 2015 (along with Maeve O'Dwyer); Simon Fennell Postgraduate Research Award / University of Edinburgh, 2014; British Association of Irish Studies Postgraduate Travel Bursary, 2014; Royal Historical Society Research Support Award, 2014

Sophie has worked as a freelance researcher for the following companies:

  • Elbow Productions (research on: Irish migration, 6th-20th century)
  • Wafer Hadley (research on: wool trade in West Yorkshire during the Georgian period, the history of Yorkshire Building Society)
  • York Castle Museum (research on: Irish in York, First World War)
  • Ormandy Group (research on: engineering in West Yorkshire, 19th-20th century)