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Dr Suzanne Forbes

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in History
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • History
  • suzanne.forbes

Professional biography

I joined the History Department at The Open University in June 2015. Before that, I lectured on a part-time basis at University College Dublin for the School of History and Archives and the UCD Access to Arts & Human Sciences programme. I also worked in further education as Assistant Co-ordinator of the National Print Museum Culture & Heritage Local Training Initiative. 

Research interests

I am interested in eighteenth-century Irish history. My PhD research looked at print and party politics in Ireland from 1689 - 1715. I am currently investigating the representative system in eighteenth-century Ireland.


Print and party politics in Ireland, 1689-1714 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Journal Articles
‘A “lost” Quaker-Baptist pamphlet debate between William Penn & John Plimpton in 1698’, Eighteenth-century Ireland / Iris an dá chultúr, xxxii (2017), pp 44-64.

‘“Publick and Solemn Acknowledgements”: Occasional days of state-appointed worship in Ireland, 1689-1702’ in Irish Historical Studies, xxxviii, no. 152 (2013), pp 559-578.


‘David Hayton and Andrew Holmes (eds), Honoring a Mentor.(Ourselves Alone? Religion, Society and Politics in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Essays Presented to S.J. Connolly), Irish Literary Supplement, xxxvii, no. 2 (2017)p 11.

‘Andrew Sneddon, Possessed by the devil (Dublin: The History Press, 2013)’ in Eighteenth-century Ireland, xxviv (2014), pp 188-90.

‘David Ryan, Blasphemers and Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2012)’, Eighteenth-century Ireland, xxviii (2013), pp 227-229.

Other (Edited)
Pressing Matters: A guide to collections of letterpress era printing and related equipment in Ireland and Northern Ireland (Dublin: National Print Museum, 2015).

Teaching interests

At The Open University I have been on the module teams for AA100, A105, A200 and the taught MA in History. I have recently contributed two units to A225, the new Level 2 history module on modern British and Irish history.

I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2016.

Impact and engagement


A 'Lost' Quaker-Baptist Pamphlet Debate between William Penn and John Plimpton in 1698 (2018-02)
Forbes, Suzanne
Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 32 (pp. 44-64)
‘Publick and solemn acknowledgements’: occasional days of state-appointed worship in Ireland, 1689–1702 (2013-11)
Forbes, Suzanne
Irish Historical Studies, 38(152) (pp. 559-578)
Print and Party Politics in Ireland, 1689-1714 (2018)
Forbes, Suzanne
ISBN : 978-3-319-71585-8 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan