Eileen Palma


I completed a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), and an MSW at UNCG and A&T State University's Joint Master of Social Work program. In June 2019, I received an MA in Military History from Norwich University in Vermont and started the part-time distance research program at the University of Leeds in August.


Research interests

My research interests focus on allegations of atrocities committed during the American Revolution in the Northern theatre of the war. I am most interested in the multiple allegations that the British and their allies “refused quarter” and committed unnecessary violence against combatants immediately after surrender. My research will explore any claims made against American forces as well. This study will include researching both British and American newspaper reports, the public reaction, and the response by civilian and military leadership to the incidents that led to these allegations of atrocities. 

I am also interested in exploring how the martial culture of the alleged perpetrators impacted what occurred. Including, for example, the military culture of the Haudenosaunee, Hessian Auxiliary Forces, British Light Infantry, and Ranger units. This analysis will include assessing what was considered an “atrocity” from the perspective of the individual codes and customs of warfighting of the alleged perpetrators. 



  • BA Psychology
  • MSW Social Work
  • MA Military History