Eilis Boyle

Eilis Boyle


I completed my MA by research at the University of Leeds in 2016. This project examined the social and psychological impact of facial injuries in Britain after the First World War. 

Currently, I am third-year PhD student and a member of the European Research Council funded Men, Women and Care project, which examines the establishment of formal and informal structures of care after the First World War. 


Under review: '"An uglier duckling than before’: reclaiming agency and visibility amongst facially-wounded ex-servicemen in Britain after the First World War", European Journal of Disability Research,


Teaching experience 

Seminar tutor, first-year survey module, HIST1210: The Modern World, 1750-1989

Seminar tutor, first-year module, HIST1055: Historiography and Historical Skills. This role involved designing a module strand based around my research, namely, the social consequences of the First World War. 


Research interests

My research interests broadly cover:

Conceptualisations of disability and 'otherness' 

Lived experiences of disability and disfigurement

The influence of, and human interaction with, normative conceptions of gender 


My PhD thesis explores the experiences of facially and psychologically-wounded veterans in interwar Britain. It considers issues of agency and visibility, analysing power structures and the necogiation of gender 'norms' and stigma within different sites of care, including the state, instituions and the domestic space.