Dr. Stephen A. Brighton
Dr. Stephen A. Brighton is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. His more than 20 years of archaeological experience have culminated in his published research on the Irish Diaspora in Ireland and America. His book Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach came out in 2009 through the University of Tennessee Press. Stephen Brighton has directed field schools concerning the Irish immigrant experience in Maryland and Virginia since joining the Department of Anthropology in 2005. Dr. Brighton has been awarded two General Research Board grants for his research program studying Irish immigrant and Irish-American material culture in Texas, Maryland. In 2011, he was awarded the Dean’s Research Collaborative grant to conduct a ground penetrating radar survey on the proposed site of an Irish immigrant laboring shanty settlement. Currently, Dr. Brighton was awarded a Tier 1 University seed grant to establish and maintain a long term transnational collaborative research program in County Cork.
Andrew J. Webster
Andrew Webster is a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and went on to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His previous research projects have focused on the archaeology of a nineteenth century Irish and Italian immigrant tenement in Boston, Massachusetts, and a public hunting lodge in rural Kouts, Indiana. His dissertation will focus on the ways the Great Irish Famine affected the people, landscape, and material culture of rural Ireland.