Dr Andrew Sneddon
Lecturer in International History
After his BA (hons) in History and Literature (University of Hertfordshire), Andrew took an M.Litt from the University of St Andrews with a dissertation on early modern, English witchcraft writers. His PhD was awarded by Lancaster University for a thesis on witchcraft sceptic, 'improver', and religious controversialist, Bishop Francis Hutchinson (1660-1739). .
Andrew has taught history at the University of Glasgow and Queen's University, Belfast (QUB), and was archivist and public engagement officer at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). He was also Research Fellow on the Irish Legislation Project at QUB under the direction of Professor David Hayton and Professor James Kelly, and Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Irish Studies (QUB), working on a study of eighteenth-century institutional medicine. He became lecturer in history in the School of English and History at Ulster University in 2008, where he teaches modules on dissertation preparation, Britain and Ireland in the long eighteenth century, and the the history of witchcraft, magic and the supernatural in Europe and the wider world. He has supervised, or is currently supervising, PhD theses on: cholera and society in 19th century Belfast; witchcraft and magic in 19th and 20th century Ireland; Catholicism and the supernatural in Ireland; and representations of witchcraft in modern Britain.
Andrew is course director for the Masters of Research for the faculty of Arts, deputy director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies (Ulster University), and co-director of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (Ulster University). He has gained research grants from the Wellcome Trust and Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for projects on Ulster Folklore and the medical landscape of eighteenth-century Ireland. Andrew has given numerous invited talks to a wide variety of educational and community groups, as well presenting papers at academic conferences. He is a regular book reviewer and peer reviewer for leading academic journals.
BA (Hons), M.Litt, PhD, FHEA
Andrew's research centers on social, religious and political history in Britain and Ireland within a comparative, international context. He has published articles, books and web based sources (see links below) on: folklore, demonic possession, witchcraft and magic in Scotland, England and Ireland 1500-1920; Medical practice, care and provision in eighteenth century Ireland; Religion, Church and dissent in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland; and Irish parliamentary Legislation, 1692-1800. He is currently working on a project examining magical healing in Scotland and Ireland from the early modern period up to the twentieth century.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Committee Member of Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies; Member of Eighteenth Century Ireland Society.
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