Welcome to the Irish Association
of Professional Historians

The Irish Association of Professional Historians draws together scholars from a wide range of historical fields and practices. Founded in 2013, IAPH encourages research, debate, and collegiality, supporting members with opportunities for developing expertise and promoting their work.

IAPH strives to:

Support Historians

Our organisation provides a professional affiliation, and a platform for historians in Ireland and further afield.

Enhance Profiles

Our Members’ Directory provides a convenient space to showcase members’ work and specialist experience.

Provide Expertise

Our members provide expert knowledge to organisations and media platforms via our searchable directory of history professionals.

Foster Collegiality

IAPH welcomes historians from a range of disciplines and varying stages professional accomplishment.

Promote Scholarship

IAPH promotes and fosters excellence in the field of historical enquiry, encouraging best practice through strong core values.

Benefit members

We offer bursaries, workshops, discounts, special events, and other benefits to our members.

The Committee

The Advisory Board

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Dr RĂłisĂ­n Higgins

Centre for Culture and Creativity, Teesside University
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Dr Kelly Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor, Celtic Studies and Folklore, University College Dublin
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Dr Liam Chambers

Senior Lecturer Head of Department, History Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
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Prof. Mary McAuliffe

School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin
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Prof. Peter Gray

History, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queens University Belfast
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Dr Elizabeth Dawson

Assistant Professor, School of History, University College Dublin
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A Home for Professional Historians

IAPH acknowledges that the study and understanding of history takes many forms and is practiced across a range of professions. Our membership includes academics, but also encompasses archivists, postgraduates, consultants, and librarians, among others.

Likewise, the we understand the study of history as multidisciplinary, and our members span a diversity of fields, ranging from traditional historical subjects, but also including areas such as the history of visual culture, historical geography, and social and cultural history.

Binding them together is our commitment to excellence in historical research and the encouragement of the study of the past among professionals and the general public.

Join IAPH

Ready to join us? Visit our membership page for details on how to set up your profile and
enter Ireland’s welcoming community of history professionals.

Dr Brian Hughes

Brian is a historian of early twentieth century with a particular interest in the Irish Revolution and its aftermaths. He is a lecturer in the Department of History at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. His publications include Defying the IRA? Intimidation, Coercion, and Communities During the Irish Revolution (Liverpool, 2016) and (with Conor Morrissey, eds) Southern Irish Loyalism, 1912-1949 (Liverpool, 2020).

Dr Sinéad McCoole

SinĂ©ad was awarded a DLitt by publication by the NUI (2019).  She has written several monographs, art catalogues, film scripts, articles and chapters as well as podcasts and online content. Since 2015 she has worked on the Government Decades of Centenaries Programme leading on the Women’s Strand, currently she is Curator of Mna100.ie.

Dr Paul Huddie

Paul is a graduate of University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast, where he completed his doctorate in 2014. He is the author of The Crimean War and Irish Society (2015) and has produced over a dozen works on British military and society in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is the co-ordinator of both the Military Welfare History Network and the International Network for Crimean War Studies and is a Research Project Manager at UCD.

Dr SĂ­obhra Aiken

SĂ­obhra Aiken is a lecturer in the Department of Irish and Celtic Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and has published widely on the social and cultural history of twentieth-century Ireland. A former Fulbright Scholar, her publications include the monograph Spiritual Wounds: Trauma, Testimony and the Irish Civil War (Irish Academic Press, 2022) and the edited volumes The Men Will Talk to Me: Ernie O’Malley’s Interviews with the Northern Divisions (Merrion Press, 2018) and An Chuid Eile DĂ­om FĂ©in: AistĂ­ le MáirtĂ­n Ă“ Direáin (ClĂł Iar-Chonnacht, 2018). She is the 2022 O’Donnell Fellow at the University of Melbourne and is currently researching the emigration of Irish revolutionaries to Australia.

Dr Martin O’Donoghue

Martin teaches modern British and Irish history at the University of Sheffield. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Galway and has subsequently held appointments at the National Library of Ireland, University of Limerick, and Northumbria University. His book, The Legacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Independent Ireland, 1922-1949, won the 2021 NUI Publication Prize in Irish History.

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Dr Conor Heffernan

Conor is Lecturer in the School of Sport at Ulster University. His research interests are in health, popular culture, food, and sport.

Kiara Gregory

Kiara is a PhD student and former Departmental Assistant in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She is researching Guinness’s Brewery during the First World War, and is specifically looking at the workings of the Brewery and its employees. Her research also addresses how the Brewery helped its employees during this traumatic time. Kiara’s CD-ROM, First World War Irish Soldiers-Their Final Testament was published by Eneclann in 2008. Part of this database was used by the National Archives of Ireland for their website. Kiara also used this database for her MA in the History of the Family in the University of Limerick. For her dissertation she researched a sample of First World War Irish Soldiers married as well as single under the themes, religion, class, economics, gender, and politics.

Tanya Higgins-Carey

Tanya Higgins-Carey holds a BA from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She is currently researching a PhD in History of Medicine with a particular interest in Charitable Hospitals- finance, management, governance and nursing education and Maternity Care- the early evolution of clinical birthing practices, medical advancements in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology and Women’s Health. Tanya was awarded funding for her research from Mary Immaculate College, where is currently employed as a Tutor. She is an Early Career Member with the Royal Historical Society and sits on the Executive Committees of the Irish Association of Professional Historian’s and the Women’s History Association of Ireland. She has convened several conferences and networking and outreach events and has presented her work widely, nationally and internationally.

Dr Marie LĂ©outre

Marie is currently a Researcher at the Royal Irish Academy. She was awarded a PhD in early modern history in 2012. Her publications include a monograph, Serving France Ireland and England: Ruvigny, earl of Galway 1648-1720 (Routledge, 2018) and articles on 18th century constitutional conflict, financial networks, Huguenots, and diplomacy.

Dr DĂłnal Hassett

Dr DĂłnal Hassett is a Lecturer in the French Department in University College Cork, specialising in colonial history. His first book, Mobilising Memory: The Great War and the Language of Politics in Colonial Algeria, 1918-1939 appeared with Oxford University Press in 2019. He has published widely on the topics of veterancy in the colonial world, the commemoration of Empire, anti-colonialism in the interwar world, and historical connections between Algeria and Ireland.