Jesse completed a BA in History and Economics at University College Cork, with complementary electives in Political Science and Celtic Civilisation in 2012. Whilst there, he debated for the university’s Law and Philosophical Societies, reaching the final of the Irish National Law Debates, and attending the European and World Debating Championships in Antalya, Amsterdam, Galway and Belgrade.
As chairman of the UCC Historical Society, he directed and performed in an anniversary dramatic reproduction of the 1921-22 Dáil debates on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which saw two successful runs in 2012. As chairman of the UCC International Relations Society, he was twice Secretary-General of the Irish National Model United Nations. After completing an MPhil in Medieval History on national identity, imperialism and providential history in twelfth-century English chronicles at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, Jesse is currently pursuing a doctorate there thanks to support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the National University of Ireland.
Undergraduate Award Overall & Programme Winner in 2012
University: University College Cork
Course: Historical Studies & Archaeology