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Fulbrights from Ireland

Posted on Jun 12, 2020 by in The OFI Blog |


Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Programme in Ireland awards grants to Irish citizens to study, research, or teach in the United States. Since 1957, it has enabled academic and cultural exchanges between more than 2,500 Irish and American citizens. Under an agreement established between the Smithsonian and the Fulbright Commission of Ireland in 2017, fellows are chosen to conduct independent research or study at the Smithsonian every year.

Ms. Susan Boyle, Mr. Henry Martin, and Ms. Holly English are the 2020-2021 Fulbright Irish Awardees coming to the Smithsonian. Below are the bios of our new fellows. Congratulations and welcome to the Smithsonian!


Susan Boyle

Fulbright Irish Student Award, Creative Ireland

Ms. Susan Boyle is a PhD candidate based at the School of Business and Humanities at TU Dublin Tallaght Campus. Susan received her B.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies from University of Dublin, Trinity College and holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from The University of London, Royal Holloway. Susan’s doctoral research is in the transdisciplinary area of beverage studies and uses performance analysis and performance theory to examine the role of place, story and narrative in immersive beverage experiences. Her research is funded by a TU Dublin Scholarship. Susan is an Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery Outstanding Speaker (OSFC), an OSFC Julia Child’s Foundation scholarship recipient, an award-winning member of the Guild of Beer Writers and has worked with the British Museum to rebrew a 5,000-year-old Ancient Egyptian ale. As a Fulbright Creative Ireland Fellow at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Susan will work with archival material in the museum’s collection to investigate the influence of European immigrants on brewing in pre-1920 America.


Henry Martin

Fulbright Irish Student Award, Creative Ireland

Mr. Henry Martin is a PhD candidate in the School of Visual Culture at NCAD. He has a BA International in English and Philosophy (NUIG), MA in Theatre (RHUL), and MRes in the Art Market and the History of Collecting (University of Buckingham / National Gallery, UK). Henry’s doctoral research focuses on early 20th Century American women art dealers and modernism. As a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellow at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Henry will study dealer archives, Smithsonian collections, and create a database of dealers and artists in his subject area. Henry has previously lectured at Camberwell College of Arts and is author of Agnes Martin: Pioneer, Painter, Icon, and numerous plays.


Holly English

Fulbright Irish Student Award, EPA

Ms. Holly English is a PhD student in the Laboratory of Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour, University College Dublin. Previously, she completed an undergraduate degree in Zoology at Trinity College Dublin and a research master’s in Bioscience at Swansea University. Holly has also worked as a research assistant for the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and Royal Veterinary College. Her doctoral research is funded by the Irish Research Council and focuses on using animal-borne sensors to investigate the energetics associated with predation in the canid family. As a Fulbright-EPA Student Awardee to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington D.C., Holly will deploy accelerometer and magnetometer-equipped collars on coyotes (Canis latrans) to quantify their behaviour and foraging strategies with management implications for mitigating human-wildlife conflict.