In July 2022, I retired from my position as Associate Lecturer in History with the Open University in Ireland. In my career with the Open University, I have taught modules on Modern European History, European Imperialism and International relations. I am a graduate of University College Dublin and earned my PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995.
|Areas of expertise||
I have a research interest in the Irish Experience in America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular focus on the development of Irish American Nationalism.
Irish emigration, Irish diaspora, Irish-American nationalism, Modern Europe.
BA: University College Dublin, 1983
Associate Lecturer, Open University, 1994-2022. I retired from the Open University in July 2022.
In academic year 2013-2014, I worked as a consultant in developing the new Open University International Relations course DD313, International Relations: Continuity and Change in Global Politics. This course was launched in October 2014.
For three years, from 2017 to 2020, I served as an external examiner for the Dublin Business School, where I monitored lecturer’s feedback and examination marking on a variety of humanities and social science modules. I also assisted colleagues at Dublin City University as they prepared work for publication on the Climate Change issue.
In my career with the Open University, I have taught on both social science and humanities subjects. These included courses on political science, British, European, and American history as well as thematic modules devoted to the history of European empires, European integration, revolutions and international relations.
My work with the Open University involved assisting in the development of new modules in the Social Science and Humanities areas. In 2006, I compiled a set of online â€˜Irish materialsâ€™ to enable Open University students in Ireland to link the concepts and theories in a British focused foundation social science module to Irish events and developments. I have also assisted in Open University educational provision to prisoners on the island of Ireland.
|Committees & Associations||
American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS)
Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland
PhD Dissertation won the Schelbert Dissertation Award, April 1997
PhD Dissertation awarded a publication grant by the Cushwa Centre at the University of Notre Dame, January 1998.
Awarded a Hibernian Research Award in 2017 by The Cushwa Centre at the University of Notre Dame to aid publication of biography of: Justice Daniel Cohalan, 1865-1946, Cork University Press, 2019. Â
Irish American Diaspora Nationalism: The Friends of Irish Freedom, 1916-1935, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2005.
â€˜The Gaelic American and the shaping of Irish-American Opinion, 1903-1914â€™ in Probing the Past: Festschrift in Honour of Leo Schelbert. Edited by Wendy Everham, (Peter Lang, New York. 2015).
â€˜Daniel Cohalan and American Involvement in the 1916 Risingâ€™, in Irelandâ€™s Allies: America and the 1916 Rising. Edited by Miriam Nyhan. (UCD Press, Dublin 2016).
â€˜The Friends of Irish Freedom and the Irish Revolutionâ€™, in: The Atlas of the Irish Revolution, eds, J. Crowley, D. Oâ€™Drisceoil and M. Murphy, (Cork University Press. Cork, 2017).
‘The Gaelic American 1912-1922: A Case Study in Irish American Transnational Journalism’, in Politics, Culture, and The Irish American Press, 1784-1963,Â eds, D. Reddin van Tuyll, M. O’Brien and M. Broersma (Syracuse University Press, New York, 2021).
‘The Gaelic American, 1921-8: reporting on the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the Irish Free State’, in Navigating Historical Crosscurrents in the Irish Atlantic, Essays for Catherine B. Shannon, ed. Mary C. Kelly (Cork University Press, Cork, 2022).
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
‘Irish Catholics and French Creoles: Ethnic Struggles within the Catholic Church in New Orleans, 1835-1920,’ Catholic Historical Review, January, 2001
‘The Friends of Irish Freedom: A case study in Irish-American nationalism, 1916-21â€™, History Ireland, Vol.16, No. 2, March/April 2008.
â€˜The Friends of Irish
Review article on John M. Hearne and Rory T. Cornish (eds), Thomas Francis Meagher: The Making of an Irish American in The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, Volume 18, No.1, Summer 2006.