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Ohlmeyer has been the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI for 25 research and research infrastructure projects with awards totalling c.EUR22 million from national, European and international funders.
In addition to historical research, Ohlmeyer regularly speaks on topics that relate more generally to the importance of the arts and humanities, the value of inter- and trans-disciplinarity, educational policy, and digital humanities. She has commented on the barriers facing women in the university sector and launched a free Democracy Curriculum in 2020. She is a committed advocate of the public humanities and policy engagement and is a notable public commentator on contemporary issues, including Brexit.
Ohlmeyer was born in Zambia and grew up in Belfast from 1969 onwards. She read history as an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews before going on to complete an MA at University of Illinois and a PhD in Trinity College Dublin.
In 2015 Ohlmeyer was appointed Chair of the Irish Research Council. The Irish Research Council (IRC) awards competitive funding on the basis of research excellence. The Council also advises the government on research related policy issues, as well as lobbying ministers in Dublin and Brussels, and was the first funding agency in Ireland to publish a gender strategy and introduce gender-blind assessment. The Council introduced the #LoveIrishResearch social media campaign to empower Irish researchers to communicate why their research matters.
From 2015-20 Ohlmeyer was Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, having previously worked with colleagues to develop the concept and secure funding (2008). The Trinity Long Room Hub advances research excellence in the arts and humanities; fosters innovation in research, including interdisciplinarity, and draws attention to issues of national and international importance through an extensive public humanities initiative. In 2020 Ohlmeyer led the Institute's 10th anniversary celebrations.
In 2011 Ohlmeyer was appointed Trinity's first Vice President for Global relations, a post she held until 2014. Ohlmeyer designed and implemented Trinity's 'Global Relations Strategy'.
Ohlmeyer has held visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford, Ashoka University, São Paulo University, São Paulo, Jawaharlal Nehru University, University of Cambridge, Folger Institute, New York University, École des hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the Huntington Library.
To date, Ohlmeyer has been the Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI for 25 research and research infrastructure projects, with awards totalling EUR22 million including:
SHAPE-ID (2018-21), an EU-funded project that aims to improve inter- and trans-disciplinary cooperation between the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Human+ (2020-25), a ground-breaking project co-funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions and undertaken in partnership with the Adapt Centre which places the human at the centre of technology innovation to serve the long-term and collective needs of society.
As Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, she developed the Behind the Headlines discussion series and hosted 25 discussions on pressing and complex issues.
Ohlmeyer regularly speaks on topics that relate more generally to the importance of the arts and humanities, the value of inter- and trans-disciplinarity, educational policy, and digital humanities. She has commented on the barriers facing women in the university sector and launched a free Democracy Curriculum in 2020. She is a committed advocate of the public humanities and policy engagement and is a notable public commentator on contemporary issues.
Ohlmeyer is also Co-Chair of the Royal Irish Academy's Brexit Taskforce, a group of academics from across Ireland assessing the impact that Brexit could have on research and education on the island.
2021: The Ford Lectures on 'Ireland, Empire and the early modern world' at the History Faculty, University of Oxford
2020: Stand up for Research - Research Excellence Award, Trinity College Dublin
2018: Societal Impact - Innovation Award, Trinity College Dublin
2012-13: A 'Choice Outstanding Academic Title' for Making Ireland English
2011: Elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy
20015: Elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin
1994: Civil War and Restoration in the Three Stuart Kingdoms American Conference on Irish Studies (ACIS) book prize for History and Social Sciences
1993: Civil War and Restoration in the Three Stuart Kingdoms Whitfield prize: awarded Proxime Accesit for the best book on British history published in the United Kingdom
Ohlmeyer, Jane H. (1993). Civil War and Restoration in the Three Stuart Kingdoms: The Career of Randall MacDonnell, Marquis of Antrim, 1609-1683. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN978-0521419789.
Ohlmeyer, Jane (2012). Making Ireland English: the Irish aristocracy in the seventeenth century. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN978-0300118346.
Ohlmeyer, Jane, ed. (2018). The Cambridge History of Ireland: Volume 2, 1550-1730. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN978-1107117631.
Ohlmeyer, Jane, ed. (2020). A Short View of the State and Condition of the Kingdom of Ireland. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN9780198791072.
Ohlmeyer has published 13 academic books (2 monographs and 11 edited or co-edited), over forty articles and was one of the four co-editors of the Irish Manuscripts Commission The 1641 Depositions in 12 volumes (2014-20).
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