Centre for European and International Studies Research

PhD profile

Ms Katrina Morgan

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Literature (University of Portsmouth), MA English (University of Southampton)
  • Role Title: PhD Student
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone:
  • Email: katrina.morgan@port.ac.uk
  • Department: Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My PhD project evaluates the relationship between Ireland’s National system of education, introduced in 1831, and British imperialism.  I consider education’s relationship to the politics, religion and culture of the ‘Union’ period, and its role in shaping imperial and anti-imperial attitudes and discourses.  This involves a concentration on the ideologies, processes and practices of formal education that shaped and were shaped by imperial attitudes and values in order to understand the ways education was used as a means of disseminating and reinforcing particular cultural and political ideals.

My main academic interests focus on Irish literature, drama, and Irish educational history.  I am particularly interested in the intersections between cultural and political nationalisms in relation to Ireland’s ‘colonial’ period; 1800-1922.  I also have a more general interest in all areas of colonial/postcolonial discourse and the ways in which literature was used to sustain colonial authority within Imperial educational systems through the creation of justificatory discourses or ‘regimes of truth’.


Research Clusters

  • Language across Borders
  • Transnational Europe
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Discipline Areas

  • Area Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literary Criticism
  • Politics and Public Administration
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology
  • Irish Studies

Current Research Projects

  • PhD thesis ‘Being and Knowing in Colonial Space: The Irish Education Experiment 1800-1922’