Rose Luminiello


Rose is finishing the third year of her CISRUL PhD Studentship in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen in January, 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts (History) from Ave Maria University and an MSc in Modern British and Irish History from the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests have been focused primarily on role of religion in the history of Irish nationalism and the construction of 19th and 20th century Irish national identity. In this area, she has coauthored a chapter with Dr Colin Barr in a collaborative book on Irish Catholicism in the British Empire, and has worked as an editor for a five volume transcription of Cardinal Paul Cullen’s letters, funded by the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

Rose’s PhD dissertation is an analysis and comparison of the character of Irish and Polish nationalist movements during the early twentieth century, challenging the traditional belief that these movements were inherently Catholic. By combining history from below with high ecclesiastical history, the thesis will demonstrate how Catholics legitimized methods of protest and resistance using the language of Catholic teaching, but contrary to the aims and demands of Rome. Overall, the themes of the thesis will examine how religion, national identity, and independence movements interact with and contradict one another.


Santander Mobility Award, University of Aberdeen – University of Poznań, 2016.

Postgraduate Research Grant, Royal Historical Society, 2016.

Comparative Statecraft and Constitutional Thought Studentship, CISRUL, 2014-18.


Teaching as a Tutor 2016-2017, School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy and Centre of Academic Development, University of Aberdeen


Colin Barr and Rose Luminiello, ‘“The Leader of the Virgin Choirs of Erin”: St. Brigid’s Missionary College, 1883-1914,’ edited by Paul Towned, Timothy McMahon and Michael DeNie, in Ireland’s Imperial Cultures, (Manchester University Press: 2016).

Colin Barr, Daire Keogh, and Anne O’Connor, (eds.), The Letters of Paul Cullen, (Upcoming, Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission).

Rose Luminiello, “Review.  Grave Matter: Death and Dying in Dublin 1500 to the Present,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History (Upcoming: Autumn 2017).

Conference Presentations

2016. “Women’s Social Mobility in Ireland’s Spiritual Empire.” American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) at Notre Dame.

2016. “Exclusion in the Irish Political Community, 1890-1918.”  Exploring the Ideas of Political Community, Democracy and Self-Government: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar at Universidad de Málaga.

2016.  Protest and Legitimacy: Catholic Nationalists in Ulster and Poznania, 1890-1914.” University of Edinburgh and Univerisity of Cambridge Joint Irish History Postgraduate Workshop.


PhD Working Title ‘Protest and Legitimacy in Catholic Ulster and Poznania, 1890-1918.’ Supervised by Prof. Robert I. Frost (F.B.A) and Prof. Michael Brown.

MSc ‘St. Brigid’s Missionary College and the Effects of Irish Catholic Religious Sisters in the Irish Spiritual Empire and Diasporas,’ supervised by Prof. Enda Delaney.

Bachelor’s ‘Misconceptions of Young Ireland in 1848: The Destruction of the Movement by Paul Cardinal Cullen,’ supervised by Dr. Daniel Davy.


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