QPR Committee 2014-2015


To be confirmed.



Carolyn Augspurger (Editor-in-Chief)

Carolyn is a PhD student in the School of Politics, International Studies, and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast.  She has a degree in History from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, and an MA in Irish Politics from Queen’s.  Her research centres on political violence in Northern Ireland, and she is also interested in conflict resolution, participating in the Clonard Reconciliation Mission in West Belfast.

Ben Christman (Deputy Editor)

Ben is a PhD student in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. His research examines the concept of ‘climate justice’ in relation to fuel poverty in the UK. He has a law degree from the University of Aberdeen and a LLM in environmental law and policy from University College London.

Graeme Rice (Secretary)

Graeme graduated from his undergraduate at Queen’s University Belfast in 2014. He is currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Security, Violence and Terrorism at Queen’s. He has a special interest in the research of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and Terrorism Studies.

Marie-Claire Bradley (Finance Officer)



Northern Ireland, Great Britain and Ireland

Patrick Flack

Patrick is a PhD research student in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast. His current research provides a social psychological analysis of loyalist paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland; relating specifically to how their identity has changed since the Good Friday Agreement. Patrick’s research interests include identity change, identity continuity and collective nostalgia. Prior to his doctoral research, Patrick obtained a BSc in Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast. It was during this time that Patrick became interested in the group processes that motivate paramilitary activity and how these processes are affected by post-conflict society.

Odhran McKee

Odhran is a second year student in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. He has a particular interest in Westminster politics, having interned for Ben Gummer MP in the past. Heavily involved with his school, he is the current president of QUB Politics Society. Other interests include running.

Kevin McNicholl

Kevin is currently completing his PhD in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast. This research looks at the ‘Northern Irish’ identity using social psychological theory and methods. Also at Queen’s he completed his Msc in Political Psychology in 2013 with his thesis focusing on collective nostalgia for the Titanic in East Belfast. He has a Bsc in Psychology from the Open University.

Europe and International

Augusta Cater

A contributor to the QPR’s first issue, Augusta is an International Politics and Conflict Studies final year student. She comes from Somerset, studied for a semester last year at Queen’s Canadian namesake, summer schooled this year at Maastricht and Palacký universities and has only Russia to go in her plan to travel to all the BRIC countries before she graduates. Having learned about the Westminster government by interning at the Department of Business, Industry and Skills, she plans to do the same on an internship in Northern Ireland’s Office of the Minister and Deputy Minister. Her interests include marathon running.

Rachel Killean

Rachel is currently a PhD student in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. She has an LLB in Scots Law from the University of Dundee, an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Leiden, and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Edinburgh.

Leonie Tanczer

Leonie is a PhD research student in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast. Her doctoral research provides an analysis of the emerging security governance in the cyber domain with a focus on the European Union. Her research interests include issues of cyberspace, Gender Studies and online collective action such as hacktivism. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Vienna and a MSc (with Distinction) in Political Psychology from Queen’s University Belfast.

Social Issues

Ivanka Antova

Ivanka is in the second year of a PhD project examining welfare reform as a social control mechanism applied to disabled people and the negative impact it is having on their citizenship and human rights. She previously completed a BSc in Politics and Global Governance at CCCU and an LLM in Human Rights Law at QUB. Her research interests include legal and political theory, disability research, substantive equality and social justice. She has been working with the disability rights organisation Campaign For a Fair Society since 2011 and is a member of the Disability Research Network at QUB.

Catherine Coffey

Having just completed a MA in Medieval History at Queen’s University Belfast, Catherine is now embarking upon a MA in Translation to augment the linguistic skills gained during her BA in French and German at Brasenose College, Oxford. Academically, her end goal is to write a PhD on the interaction of translation and gender theory in the writings of medieval mystics. While at Oxford, Catherine developed a keen interest in numerous local social projects, including community gardens, homeless shelters and TEFL. Since returning to Belfast she has endeavoured to become involved with similar projects in her home town.

Alice Bassett Cross

Brought up in London, Alice moved to Belfast to study at Queen’s. After two years in Medicine she decided to leave this field in pursuit of other academic interests. Drawing on the emphasis modern medicine places on autonomy, diversity and the social self, she now studies social anthropology with a keen interest in cognition and belief and how this shapes the everyday experience of individuals. Alice hopes to continue her study of anthropology as a postgraduate; aspiring to undertake PhD research with the Institute of Cognition and Culture at QUB.

Political Theory

Oran Kennedy

Oran is a History and Politics undergraduate student at Queen’s University Belfast. He has a keen interest in American history and politics, and is currently writing his dissertation on Southern memory of the American Civil War. He has just returned from studying at the College of Wooster, Ohio, after participating on the Study USA program.

Thomas Loonam

Thomas is a PhD Research student who has been at Queen’s University Belfast for nine years. During this time he has achieved a BA in Philosophy, a MA in Political Philosophy and he is currently working towards finishing a PhD. His research interests include the Metaphysics of Personal Identity, Kantian Ethics, Theories of Justice, Bioethics and Cognitive disability.

Copy Editors

Ben Christman (see above)

Rachel Killean (see above)

Kerry Millar

Kerry is undertaking a MA in Creative Writing at Queen’s University, Belfast. She recently completed a BA in English with Creative Writing at Queen’s, during which she took an extra module exploring the history and anthropology of Northern Ireland. She is deeply interested in all facts and opinions surrounding the country and is keen to contribute to the QPR by combining her interests in English and the affairs of Northern Ireland.

Aaron Smith

Aaron is a PhD student in the School of English at Queen’s University Belfast. He has a BA in English and Philosophy as well as an MA in English Poetry from Queen’s. His research focuses on the relationship between form and history in the poetry of the 1930s. Along with published poetry, he has a published article on Samuel Beckett’s response to the fledgling Irish Free State, and is a contributor to a forthcoming Below the Radar documentary on Mary Anne McCracken.



Marilou McBurney

Marilou is entering her final year as an English undergraduate. She moved to Belfast in 2012 from the Middle East, spending a majority of her life in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. She has a keen interest in journalism and the media.

Rosie Watterson

Rosie is originally from York, but has moved to Belfast to study History at Queens University as an undergraduate. She has a particular interest in ancient history, and enjoys reading about Greek and Roman art. She enjoys being involved in student-led media, and has previously worked for another student newspaper based in York.