Alison Meagher is a doctoral researcher at the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Her research focusses on the contribution of the ‘Four Horsemen’ of Senator Edward Kennedy, House Speaker Tip O’Neill, Senator Hugh Carey and Governor Tip O’Neill towards attempts to find a peaceful solution to the Northern Ireland conflict. Focussing specifically on the era of the Carter administration, her thesis argues that the lobbying efforts of these politicians constituted a groundbreaking role for the Irish diaspora in America, that of ‘distant peacemaker’ rather than ‘distant warrior’.
Alison is the current QUB Convocation Scholar, and has previously held the Universities Ireland Scholarship, awarded by the Centre for Cross Border Studies for the pursuit of research in Northern Ireland. She is a former Editor-In-Chief of the Queen’s Political Review and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association of Ireland.