Dr Eamonn O Keeffe

A Junior Research Fellow in History at Queens' College, I am affiliated with the Cambridge Centre for Geopolitics and the National Army Museum, which has generously sponsored my post. My research interests include military music, duelling and honour among British army officers, and the broader connections between war and society in the long eighteenth century (1688-1815).


I completed a DPhil thesis on British military music during the Napoleonic Wars at the University of Oxford in 2022. The resulting research, which I am working on publishing as a book, has been awarded the André Corvisier Prize by the International Commission of Military History and the Pollard Prize by the Institute for Historical Research. An Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, I have worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and am a Trustee of the Society for Army Historical Research. I have also published several peer-reviewed articles and discussed my work widely in the media, appearing twice on the BBC’s hit family history show 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Besides pursuing my research, I convene the Cambridge military history working group and collaborate with the National Army Museum to promote greater public understanding of their collections.

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