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Dr Trisha Oakley Kessler

Research Associate


Trisha holds a PhD in history from the School of History, University College Dublin (2019). Her thesis explored questions of modernity, identity and industrial change in 1930s Ireland through the prism of Jewish refugee factories. Her research interests focus on the Irish Jewish community, Irish-Jewish encounters in Ireland and the diaspora as well as provincial Irish life through a socio-economic lens. She has taught on a Special Subject Paper at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge and supervises on the Irish economy, minorities in Ireland, and the Irish in Britain. She is a Co-Convenor of the Cambridge Modern Irish History Seminar.

Trisha is an alumna of the Woolf Institute having studied for a Master's Degree in Jewish-Christian Relations. For a number of years Trisha worked at the Institute creating their first public education programmes across Britain, working in particular with the Metropolitan Police Service.


Trisha Oakley-Kessler, 'Rethinking Irish Protectionism: Jewish Refugee Factories and the Pursuit of an Irish Ireland for Industry' in Aidan Beatty and Dan O'Brien (eds), Irish Questions and Jewish Questions: Crossovers in Culture (Syracuse, NY, 2018), pp 107-123.

Trisha Oakley-Kessler, 'In Search of Jewish Footprints in the West of Ireland' in Jewish History and Culture, 19 (2018), pp 191-208.

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