Simon Gallaher graduated with a BA in History from Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 and has begun an MPhil in Economic and Social History at Cambridge University. His undergraduate interests included familial and wider social relations in pre-Famine Ireland, politics and violence in the Reconstruction-era American South, and a dissertation on economic and social conflict on a fourteenth century English manor. During his final year at QUB, Simon received awards for Medieval History and Economic and Social History. His current postgraduate research centres on the development of and public opinion towards state institutional welfare provision, particularly workhouses and prisons, for impoverished children and families in Ireland during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.
A Belfast native, Simon has worked with other youth leaders from the UK, Ireland and Europe on tackling discrimination and hate-speech, and on projects to improve cross-community relations among young people.
Undergraduate Award Overall & Programme Winner in 2013
University: Queen’s University Belfast
Course: Historical Studies