Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, County Antrim  



Professor of History
Caspersen Graduate School



Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, Co. Antrim.



I am a full professor at Drew University in New Jersey, where I have been a member of Faculty since September 2007.  My speciality is nineteenth-century Irish History, although I also teach courses on British and European history of that period. Prior to moving to the U.S.A., in addition to my other duties, I was a member of the Course Evaluation Panel (International) for the University of Central Lancashire, and was External Examiner for Irish Studies at a number of British and Irish universities. I was also Peer Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Council of  GB, and acted as a peer assessor for a number of Academic Projects in the Republic of Ireland, including auditing the history provision at the University of Limerick. In 2005, with two of my former colleagues, I published Teaching and Learning History, which provided an evaluation of how history was taught in a variety of universities in English-speaking countries, including the US.




1984 - Ph.D. Trinity College, Dublin (funded by Economic and Social  

          Research Council, UK)



Posts Held

Sept. 2007 – Fully tenured Professor in Caspersen Graduate School, Drew University, New Jersey.

Jan. 1998 to 2007 - Senior Lecturer  in History, University of Central

                      Lancashire. Appointed Reader, March 2000; Professor from

                      December 2002

1993-1997 - Associate Lecturer, Edge Hill University College

1990-1992 - Deputy Director of Joint Education Programme, University of


1988-1990 - Deputy Director, Ulster Historical Foundation (part of Public

                     Record Office, Belfast)

1985-1988 - Lecturer, People's College, Dublin

1984-1985 - Researcher for Australian Government, Macquarie University,




Affiliations and Experience as Evaluator and Peer Reviewer:

External Reviewer for PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2010

Expert Reviewer for Proposal on Irish Famine for Council of the Humanities, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, 2010

Member of  Ph.D. Examination Panel, Sorbonne University, Paris, December 2007.

Peer Reviewer for Arts Humanities Research Council, 2006-7

External Examiner for Irish Studies Programmes:  Bath Spa University College, 1999-2003; London Metropolitan University, 2003-7; Warwick University, since 2007 ; University of Ulster, since 2007

Member of  Audit Team to validate History Provision at the University of Limerick, Ireland, May 2005

Member of Ph.D. Supervisory Board, University of Massachusetts. 1995-98

Visiting Professor, Drew University, 2003-2007

Honorary Fellow of University of Liverpool since 1991

Member of  U.K. Conference for University Professors

Member of Institute of Learning and Teaching

Member of British Association of Irish Studies

Member of Canadian Association of Irish Studies

Member of American Historical Association




The Saddest People the Sun Sees. Daniel O’Connell and Anti-Slavery (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011)

War and Peace. Ireland Since the 1960s (London: Reaktion Books, 2010), 414 pages

Repeal and Revolution. 1848 in Ireland (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009), 352 pages

A New History of Ireland (first pub. 2004; re-issued, with a new concluding chapter, Sutton Press, 2008), 312 pages

Lives of Victorian Political Figures: Daniel O’Connell (Pickering and Chatto, 2007), 350 pages.

1848. The Year the World Turned? (co-edited with Kay Boardman, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007; and chapter, ‘Invisible Nationalists. Women and the 1848 Rising in Ireland), 274 pages.

Power and Politics in Ireland (co-edited with Roger Swift, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2006), 298 pages.

This Great Calamity. The Irish Famine 1845-52 (first pub. by Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 1994, reprinted with a new Introduction, 2006), 480 pages

Teaching and Learning History (with Geoff Timmins and Keith Vernon, Sage Publications, 2005), 250 pages.

The Great Famine in Ireland, Impact, Ideology and Rebellion (Palgrave Press, 2002), 268 pages.

Ireland. A Photohistory 1840-1940 (with Sean Sexton; Thames and Hudson, 2002), 224 pages

Memory. Silence and Commemoration. Ireland’s Great Hunger  (joint ed. with David Valone, American University Press, 2002), 396 pages

The Forgotten Famine. Hunger and Poverty in Belfast 1840-50 (with Gerard MacAtasney, Pluto Press, 2000), 220 pages.

A Disunited Kingdom. England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, 1800-1949 (Cambridge University Press, 1999 and re-printed, 2008), 136 pages.

A Death-Dealing Famine. The Great Hunger in Ireland (Pluto Press, 1997), 192 pages.

The Famine in Ulster (joint editor with Trevor Parkhill and contributor, Belfast, 1997), 247 pages.

This Great Calamity. The Irish Famine 1845-52 (Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 1994; Roberts Reinhart, USA, 1995), 450 pages.
ISBN 0 901 905 43 7
   Winner of Irish Post Award, 1995; nominated for Irish Times Award, 1995.

Making Sense of Irish History. Evidence in Ireland for the Young Historian. (joint editor with C. Gallagher and T. Parkhill, Belfast, 1990) 64 pages.
   Winner of Best Young Persons' Book in Ireland, 1990.


Articles and Chapters :

‘The Stranger's Scoffing’.  Speranza, the Hope of the Irish Nation’,  ‘OScholars’ (an on-line collection of articles relating to Oscar Wilde), at:
First appeared September 2008.

‘The Widow’s Mite: Private Contributions to Ireland during the Great Hunger’, in History Ireland, Winter, 2007.

Three contributions to Encyclopaedia of Ireland and the Americas (ed. by James P. Byrne, Philip Coleman, and Jason King, ABC-CLIO, 2008).

‘Daniel O’Connell and Anti-Slavery’, in History Today, November 2007.

‘At Home with the Empire’. The example of Ireland”, in Catherine Hall and Sonya O. Rose At Home With The Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2006), 24 pages.

‘The stricken land: The Great Hunger in Ireland’ in George Cusack and Sarah Goss (eds) Hungry Words. Images of Famine in the Irish Canon (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006), 22 pages.

“Brethren in Bondage”: Chartists, O’Connellites, Young Irelanders and the 1848 Uprising’ in Fintan Lane and Donal Ó Drisceoil (eds) Politics and the Irish Working Class, 1830-1945 (Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), 25 pages.

‘Was Ireland a Colony? The evidence of the Great Famine’ in Terence McDonough, Was Ireland a Colony? Economics, Politics and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Ireland  (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2005), 17 pages.

‘The Orange Order and representations of Britishness’ in S. Caunce, E. Mazierska, S. Sydney-Smith and J. K. Walton (eds, Manchester University Press, 2004), 20 pages.
ISBN  0 7190 7026 0

‘Politics in Ireland’ and ‘Economy and Society in Ireland’ in Chris Williams (ed.) A Companion to Nineteenth-Century Britain (Blackwell, 2004) 15 pages and 14 pages.
ISBN 0-631-22579-X

‘Les marches orangistes en Irlande du Nord. Histoire d’un droit’, Le Mouvement Social (no.202, janvier-mars 2003) 15 pages. Published on Ataliers website (Paris, 2006)

‘A right to march? The conflict at Dolly’s Brae’ in D. George Boyce and Roger Swift (eds) Problems and Perspectives in Irish History since 1800 (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2003), 26 pages.

Entries on ‘Belfast’ and ‘Daniel O’Connell’ in David Loades (ed) Reader’s Guide to British History (2 vols, Fitzroy, Dearborn, 2003)

'Presbyterian Church Records' in James G. Ryan (ed.), Irish Church Records (Dublin, 2000), 40 pages.

'The Great Famine in Ireland' in  Encyclopaedia of the Irish in America (University of Notre Dame Press, 1999).

'The Great Irish Famine. A Dangerous Memory?' in Arthur Gribben (ed.) The Great Famine and the Irish Diaspora in America (University of Massachusetts Press, 1999), 15 pages.

'Peel, Rotten Potatoes and Providence: the Repeal of the Corn Laws and the Irish Famine' in Andrew Marrison (ed.) Free Trade and its Reception 1815-1960. Freedom and Trade; Volume 1 (Routledge, 1998), 12 pages.

'Potatoes, Providence and Philanthropy; the role of private charity during the Famine' in Patrick O' Sullivan (ed.) The Meaning of the Famine (Leicester University Press, 1997), 31 pages. 

The Culture of Commemoration. The Great Irish Famine (Dublin, 1996), 24 pages.

'Beyond Revisionism. Reassessing the Irish Famine' in History Ireland, Vol. 4, No. 4,  Winter 1995.  6 pages

'The Workhouse System in County Waterford'  in W. Nolan and T. Power (eds) Waterford. History and Society (Dublin, 1992), 17 pages.

'The Poor Law during the Great Irish Famine. An Administration in Crisis' in E. M. Crawford (ed.)  Famine: The Irish Experience (Edinburgh, 1989) pp. 157-175.

'Women and the Irish Poor Law' in Women's Studies Bulletin, Dublin, 1986, 6 pages.



Six Contributions (with Barry Quest) to Encyclopedia of the History of Invention and Technology (ed. By David Staley, Facts on File, 2012).