Research Interests

My next publications will be journal-article length studies of the history of American-Irish and Irish-European relations. These are intended to expand upon themes in my recent book, “A history of Ireland in international relations”, but may appear within edited collections.

My original PhD (and, in turn, first book) was a study of late nineteenth-century Irish revolutionary nationalists that was based on contemporary police reports. That was twenty years ago. In the long run, I intend revisiting the subject as part of a larger study on the theme, covering the period c.1845-c.1945 (perhaps) and encompassing more comparative, or international and cultural, dimensions to the analysis (as well as archival research). Historical studies used to be transnational before people invented the word transnational.

Aside from degrees in history, I more recently did masters degrees in Archives & Records Management and Digital Humanities. In retrospect these did not shape my research interests but they probably influenced my perspective.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm to life and to everything” – Plato