Kieran is a Ph.D. candidate studying Colonial and Revolutionary America. Before entering the Ph.D. program in 2016, Kieran received a bachelor's degree from Mount Saint Mary College and a master's degree from the University of Vermont. His master's thesis examined the Loyalist community of Newburgh, New York. Kieran’s dissertation focuses on Loyalists in the Hudson River Valley, exploring how violence, upheaval, and forced migration to Canada shaped Loyalist communities during and after the war. He has been published in New York History and the Journal of Religious History.
The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington.