Transnational Ireland originated at the ‘Beyond the Island: Transnational Approaches to History’ conference at NUI Galway in April 2012, and in a number of parallel developments in the field of Irish history at the turn of the decade. The network’s founding members – Enda Delaney, Ciaran O’Neill, Kevin O’Sullivan, Sarah Roddy, Niall Whelehan, and Jonathan Wright – came together in the months after the conference to establish its structures, and followed up their discussions with a series of workshops in Ireland and the UK in 2012 and 2013. Since then, our membership has expanded significantly, and the network’s core participants are now drawn from universities in Ireland, the UK, the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Click on the links below for our contact details and for further details about our research and teaching interests.
Shahmima Akhtar (University of Birmingham)
Shahmima Akhtar is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Birmingham. Her doctoral work focuses on exhibitions of the Irish in World’s Fairs’ in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Britain and the United States. This transatlantic and comparative approach explores the changing and multifaceted notions of Irishness in the modern world, and the use of display as a seminal force in Ireland’s past. Issues of race, gender and class are explored, with a keen focus on the nature of Irish whiteness. Shahmima is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council – Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Her twitter is @shahmima_akhtar.
José Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez (University of Salamanca)
José Brownrigg-Gleeson Martínez is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Salamanca in Spain, where he is completing a study on the connections between Ireland, Irish exiles in the U.S. and Latin America during the latter’s struggle for independence, ca. 1800-25. He is particularly interested in comparing the attitudes towards empire and republicanism developed by different Irish communities in the Atlantic over these decades. In addition to having carried out funded research stays at the University of Warwick and the University of Cape Town, he has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York (2011-12), has received a research grant from Harvard University’s International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World (2013-14), and worked as a research assistant at the National University of Ireland, Galway (2014-15). José has contributed to several books with chapters exploring Irish migration, mobility and multilingualism in Spanish America in the late colonial period, together with others dealing with Hispano-Irish relations in the 19th century. He is also a member of Indusal, the University of Salamanca’s research group on Latin American independence.
Maurice Casey (University of Oxford)
Maurice J. Casey is a DPhil candidate at Jesus College, Oxford. His thesis examines the international connections of Irish radicals during the interwar period through the lives of female activists. The project traces the emotive bonds of friendship, family and solidarity which brought Irish radicals into contact with their comrades, from Moscow to New York and everywhere in between. By placing the lived experience of radicalism in a transnational and comparative perspective, the project seeks to interrogate notions of Irish exceptionality while also contributing arguments of relevance beyond the national historiography. Maurice’s chief area of interest is the history of international communism during the 1920s and 1930s. His early research focused on socialist, feminist and republican discourses within the Irish gay rights movement. Maurice’s doctoral study is made possible through the Globalising and Localising the Great War scholarship, funded by Jesus College Oxford. You can find him on twitter @MauriceJCasey.
Pauline Collombier-Lakeman (Strasbourg)
Pauline Collombier-Lakeman is a Maître de Conférences (lecturer) at the university of Strasbourg, where she teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century history of the British Isles and English language. After studying at the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay St Cloud and passing the Agrégation, she was awarded her PhD on the topic of Le discours des leaders du nationalism constitutionnel irlandais sur l’autonomie de l’Irlande : utopies politiques et mythes identitaires from the Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2007. Her current research is focused on Irish parliamentary nationalism and on the relationship between Irish Home Rulers and the British Empire. Recent publications focusing on the concern a number of key moderate nationalists in Ireland displayed for other colonies within the British Empire include: ‘Ireland and the Empire: The Ambivalence of Irish Constitutional. Nationalism’, in Van Gosse, Conor McGrady & Donal Ó Drisceoil (eds.), The Irish Question, Radical History Review, 104 (2009), p. 57-76; ‘Daniel O’Connell and India’, Études irlandaises, 38-1 | 2013, and ‘Irish nationalist MPs and the Egyptian revolt of 1881-1882: an example of cross-imperial solidarity?’ (to be published in 2017).
Sophie Cooper (University of Edinburgh)
Sophie Cooper is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral work focuses on the Irish communities of Melbourne and Chicago during the mid to late nineteenth century. Through the use of a mix of both comparative and transnational approaches, Sophie’s work explores the range of competing influences that shaped diasporic Irish identity and interaction with nationalism within these cities. Sophie is a William McFarlane Scholar, and runs the Transnational Ireland (@TransnatIreland) twitter account.
Barry Crosbie (University of Macau)
Barry’s research centres upon the interconnections between British, Irish and imperial history during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and examines how imperial ‘networks’ or ‘webs’ of exchange and connection between Ireland and different regions of the British empire helped give structure and form to Britain’s imperial project. He has published extensively on several aspects of Irish transnational history including most recently work on Ireland’s historical relationship with India under British colonial rule. Barry is currently working on two new research projects. The first project concerns an examination of the interplay between Irish ‘colonial’ culture and the experience of Empire in the context of the career of the Irish-born British colonial administrator, Sir John Pope Hennessy, in late nineteenth-century Hong Kong. This project feeds into a larger book-length study entitled Informal Empire and the Untied Kingdom: Irish Culture, Community and Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century China and examines the ways in which Irish culture – identities, aspects of education, understandings of political, economic and legal practices, racial attitudes and intellectual traditions – were articulated and brought to bear on Britain’s colonial possessions and spheres of influence in China.
Enda Delaney (University of Edinburgh)
Enda Delaney is Professor of Modern History at the University of Edinburgh. His early work was on the emigration from 20th century Ireland, after which he completed a study of the Irish in post-war Britain, which adopted a transnational approach, and most recently a history of the Great Irish Famine. His current project is a book for Oxford UP on Making Ireland Modern: Society and Culture since 1780, which employs transnational analysis to explore the encounter of Irish-born people with modernity in Ireland, Britain, the United States, Canada and Australasia. He is currently editing with Ciarán O’Neill, a special issue of the journal Éire–Ireland on ‘Beyond the Nation: Transnational Ireland’, due out in Summer 2016.
Jerome Devitt (Trinity College Dublin)
Jerome Devitt is a PhD student investigating the British and Irish Executive’s reaction to Transatlantic Fenianism in the late 1860s. He views the defensive system in the light of recent developments in Counter-insurgency practice and theory. His interdisciplinary research project will engage with aspects of military, naval, legal, diaspora, administrative, and Transnational history. Of particular interest to his research project is the implementation of deterrent policies and the media reception of such policies. He was recently awarded an Irish Research Council – “Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship” that commenced in Autumn 2013. He also spent a portion of summer 2013 as a “Dobbin Scholar” of the Irish Canadian University Foundation, studying with Dr David A Wilson at the University of Toronto. His latest publications explore the impact of the Royal Navy on Irish Insurrections in the 1840s.
Regina Donlon (National University of Ireland Galway)
Regina Donlon is an Irish Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow in History and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. Her research focuses on Irish and European diasporas in the United States during the mid-late nineteenth century. Her new research project focuses on emigration from Ireland during the forgotten famine of the 1880s and investigates emigrants who settled in Minnesota as part of the James Hack Tuke assisted emigration schemes. This study considers the origins of an Irish emigrant community in the west of Ireland, discussed in tandem with the unique characteristics of their immigrant experience in the American Midwest. In so doing it provides a narrative of the transnational nature of migration and its ability to forge global connections. She is currently revising her doctoral dissertation for publication, with the provisional title of ‘Go west and grow up with the country: a study of German and Irish immigration to the American Midwest, 1850-1900.’
Patrick Doyle (University of Manchester)
Patrick Doyle is a Research Associate on the ESRC-funded project ‘Visible Divinity: Money and Irish Catholicism, 1850-1921’. Along with the principal investigator, Dr Sarah Roddy, he is carrying out historical research to understand how the Catholic Church exerted its influence at a local, national, and transnational level to develop its economic resources and emerge as such a dominant organisation in modern Ireland. His doctoral research (University of Manchester) explored how the co-operative movement shaped the economic development of rural Ireland from the late nineteenth century into the twentieth century beyond independence. In particular, his work places Irish co-operative intellectuals and practitioners within a broader transnational framework of co-operative experimentation and innovation. He is currently revising the manuscript for publication.
Anastasia Dukova (Griffith University)
Dr Anastasia Dukova is a policing historian specialising in the history of municipal policing, with a primary focus on Ireland, colonial Australia and Canada. She is particularly interested in the impact of Irish policing experience on the development of colonial policing models, both state and municipal. Anastasia is investigating continuity of service experience of ex-policemen in Ireland and in the colony, if and how their previous policing experiences in either urban or rural settings shaped these men’s colonial police careers. She is currently working on a project that examines the comparative reluctance of the Irishmen in the Queensland Police to enlist in the 1914-18 war effort. Incorporating a transnational approach, the project explores the influence of events in Ireland upon the Irish community in Queensland, concentrating particularly on British wartime policy and the impact of the 1916 Rising. Her book, A History of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and Its Colonial Legacy, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan later this year. Anastasia is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University Centre for Cultural Research. Previously, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada and read history of crime and policing at Trinity College Dublin, completing her PhD in 2012.
Elaine Farrell (Queen’s University Belfast)
Elaine Farrell is a lecturer in Irish social history in the School of History and Anthropology at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on Irish women and crime in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her first monograph, ‘A most diabolical deed’: infanticide and Irish society, 1850-1900, was published by Manchester University Press and won the National University of Ireland Publication Prize in Irish History. Her current research project focuses on women in the convict prison in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Ireland. This was funded in 2011-2012 by the Irish Research Council. Elaine is also co-investigator (with Dr Leanne McCormick, Ulster University) on the project, ‘Bad Bridget: Irish criminal and deviant women in North America, 1838-1918’. This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK and examines experiences for Irish women in New York, Boston and Toronto.
Irial Glynn (Leiden University)
Irial Glynn is a lecturer at the Institute for History at Leiden University. He is particularly interested in the impact that emigration, return migration and immigration has had on Irish society since independence. His research explores these themes in comparative perspective (see for example this paper on more recent patterns). Other related interests include investigating whether a country’s history and memory of its transnational migration past can inform its contemporary incorporation policies and analysing the reception of
boat people through time. Personal web page.
Sara Goek holds a PhD in History / Digital Arts & Humanities from University College Cork. Her doctoral work focused on original oral histories collected from traditional musicians who migrated from Ireland to the United States and Great Britain in the post-war era. Using transnational and comparative historical analysis, the research examines the cultural milieu of Irish migrant communities and movements and connections between them.
Cecelia Hartsell (Fordham University)
Cecelia Hartsell is completing her PhD dissertation at Fordham University, which focuses on African Americans and Irish Nationalists during the Great War period, examining the war’s effects on their relationships to the state and their perceptions of the political nation. On a broader level, she is interested in the transnational social and political effects of both World Wars.
Carole Holohan (Trinity College Dublin)
Carole Holohan is a social historian currently focused on the history of poverty in modern Ireland. My research examines the social history of the sixties (or long 1960s) and I have published on the history of youth and the history of poverty in this period. I am interested in social issues at the level of national and international discourse (including how these interact), and in terms of personal experience. My work to date explores the nature of social change in Irish society during a period of accelerated and self-conscious transition. In my work I find that transnational perspectives are key to understanding social and cultural change, particularly the encounters and exchanges that shape popular culture and civil society.
Paul Huddie read history at University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast between 2005 and 2013. He was the recipient of a four-year research studentship 2009-13 and successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in 2014. He is the author of The Crimean War and Irish society published 2015 by Liverpool University Press and presently sits on the committees of the Irish Association for Professional Historians and the Women’s History Association of Ireland. His research principally focusses on British and Irish societies’ relationships with war, during both peace and hostilities, in the areas of recruitment, memorialisation and military philanthropy. His work incorporates a ‘four nations’ perspective as well as transnational imperial one in the case of his study of servicemen and their families and the charities that supported them.
Tomás Irish (Swansea University)
Tomás Irish is Lecturer in Modern History at Swansea University. He has published on the transnational history of higher education in the era of the Great War. His first book, The University at War 1914-25: Britain, France, and the United States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), explored the ways in which universities and intellect were mobilized during the First World War and the consequences which this had for the international community of scholars. His second monograph, Trinity in War and Revolution 1912-23 (Royal Irish Academy Press, 2015), examined the experiences of Trinity College Dublin during Ireland’s decade of war and revolution by placing the university in a broader imperial and international context. Tomás is currently researching the intellectual work of the League of Nations in the 1920s and 1930s while also retaining a strong interest in the international connections of Irish intellectuals in the early twentieth century.
William Jenkins (York University, Canada)
William Jenkins is Director of the Graduate Program in History and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at York University in Toronto. His early work dealt with aspects of the historical geography of nineteenth and twentieth century rural Ireland, and he has since turned his attention to post-famine Irish communities in urban North America. He has just recently published Between Raid and Rebellion: the Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013) in which a transatlantic dimension is incorporated within a comparative study of the Irish in an American and a Canadian city. His current research proposes a series of micro-studies that illuminate the lives of famine-era immigrants in urban North America in terms of (1) their encounter with the structures of law and order, and (2) the effects of their presence on popular and official conceptions of poverty within the city.
Matthew Lewis (University of Newcastle, Australia)
Matthew Lewis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Until September 2013, he was an ERC Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin. He completed his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 2011. Matthew’s first book – Frank Aiken’s War: The Irish Revolution, 1916-23 – was published in 2014 with University College Dublin Press. He has also published with journals including War in History, Terrorism and Political Violence and Contemporary European History. He is currently researching the intra-imperial links between British policing in Ireland and Palestine in the 1920s.
Marie-Violaine Louvet (Toulouse 1–Capitole University)
Marie-Violaine Louvet is a Maître de Conférences (lecturer) at Toulouse 1-Capitole University. After studying at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and passing the Agrégation, she completed her PhD entitled ‘L’Irlande et le Moyen-Orient 1967-2013: Lectures domestiques, Discours politiques, Solidarités transnationales’ in Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2013. Her work focuses on the topic of Ireland and transnational solidarity movements with the Middle East from the end of the 1960s. Her doctoral research will be published in ‘Civil Society, Postcolonialism and Transnational Solidarity: Ireland and the Middle East’ by Palgrave Macmillan (2016).
Richard McMahon (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr. Richard Mc Mahon is Assistant Professor in Modern History at Trinity College Dublin. His research centres on the history of violence, law and migration in nineteenth-century Britain, Ireland and North America. He is currently working on a transnational history of Irish migration to Glasgow, New York, San Francisco and Toronto in the nineteenth century funded by a research grant from The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He is also interested in the comparative history of Ireland and Finland. He completed his PhD in the School of Law at University College Dublin in 2007 and has held research fellowships at NUI, Maynooth, the University of Toronto, the University of Tampere, New York University, the University of Edinburgh, and Stanford University. His book, Homicide in pre-Famine and Famine Ireland was published in October 2013 by Liverpool University Press.
Donald MacRaild (University of Ulster)
Donald MacRaild is Professor of British and Irish History at the University of Ulster. He has several overlapping fields of research expertise, including: the Irish in Britain and the wider British World; the English and British Diasporas; the history of the Orange Order outside Ireland; the history of labour and social organization; and ethnicity and ethnic conflict in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is the author of a number of books including The Irish Diaspora in Britain, 1750-1939 (2010), Faith, Fraternity and Fighting: the Orange Order and Irish Migrants in England, 1850-1920 (2005) and is the co-editor of Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010 (2012).
Catherine Manathunga (Victoria University, Melbourne)
Catherine Manathunga is a Professor of Education in the College of Arts & Education at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. She is an historian who draws together expertise in historical, sociological and cultural studies research to bring an innovative and transnational perspective to educational research, particularly focusing on the higher education sector. Catherine has current research projects on transnational encounters between Irish, Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand universities from the 1850s onwards and on history and doctoral education. Her 2014 book, Intercultural Postgraduate Supervision: Reimagining time, place and knowledge, was published by Routledge and applies postcolonial and other transnational theories about history, geography and epistemology to intercultural doctoral education. Catherine has also co-authored monograph on educational history, A class of its own: a history of Queensland University of Technology; co-edited an oral history monograph, Making a place: an oral history of academic development in Australia; and published in Australian, Irish, American and British journals. Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, Ako Aotearoa, Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia, Nagoya University Japan, Hiroshima University Japan and industry partners.
Mo Moulton (Harvard University)
Mo Moulton’s research uses Ireland to rethink core issues of British and imperial history, including interwar British politics and decolonization. My first book, Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England (Cambridge University Press, 2014), rewrote the history of English interwar stability in the context of the disruption of the Anglo-Irish War. It analyzed the process by which English society absorbed potentially dislocating threats by making some aspects of Ireland and the Irish foreign and domesticating others into personal life and civil society. The Irish case, it argued, s demonstrates an English solution to the larger problem of the collapse of multi-ethnic empires in the twentieth century. My current project is a transnational history of the relationship between the state and economic co-operation in British colonies and dominions in the 1920s and 1930s.
Michael de Nie (University of West Georgia)
Michael de Nie is Professor of Modern Irish and British History at the University of West Georgia. Most of his work has concerned the Victorian Irish and British press. His first book, The Eternal Paddy: Irish Identity and the British Press, 1798-1882 (UW-Madison Press, 2004) was awarded the ACIS Donnelly Prize. In recent years his research has taken a decisive pivot toward transnational topics, most importantly the Irish engagement with empire. Along with Tim McMahon and Paul Townend, he has edited the forthcoming collected volume Ireland in an Imperial World: Citizenship, Opportunism, and Subversion (Palgrave Macmillan). He is currently writing, along with James S. Donnelly, Jr. and David Gleeson, a transnational history of the Irish World since 1780. His current monograph project is a study of the late-Victorian press and radical Islam in Egypt and the Sudan.
Gillian O’Brien (Liverpool John Moores University)
Gillian O’Brien is Reader in Modern Irish History at Liverpool John Moores University. She is the author of Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2015). This book examined the impact that the murder in Chicago in 1889 of Dr Patrick Henry Cronin, a medical doctor and member of Clan na Gael had in the United States, Ireland and Britain. She has also published work on the Anglo-Irish relations, newspaper and journalism history, the history of Dublin and the history of Primary Education in Ireland. Her BA and MA are from University College Dublin and her PhD from the University of Liverpool. Her current research project is a study of the Irish in America from the Civil War to the turn of the twentieth century. She is also working on the history of women journalists in America and representations of the Irish in the illustrations of Thomas Nast. Gillian is involved in a number of public history projects and works as the historical advisor for museum and heritage schemes. Her current work includes the development of Spike Island in Co. Cork, Ireland and work on Kilmainham Gaol and Courthouse in Co. Dublin.
Ciarán O’Neill (Trinity College Dublin)
Ciaran O’Neill’s research has mostly focused on the transnational history of elites and elite education, something very much at the core of both of my books, Irish Elites (2013) and Catholics of Consequence (2014). He also occasionally publishes on Irish literature 1890-1940, and on public history. With Enda Delaney, he has co-edited a special issue of Eire -Ireland (2016) on the theme ‘Beyond the Nation: Transnational Ireland’. His next research project looks at power in a transnational context. Since 2014 he has been the President of the SSNCI – an interdisciplinary society dedicated to the study of nineteenth-century Ireland. He works with a research network based out of Uppsala and the Sorbonne on the history of elites more generally, and is part of a global research network called SPECTRESS, funded by the European Commission.
Seán O’Reilly (Trinity College Dublin)
Dr Seán O’Reilly’s research considers modes of governance and structures of authority across the British Empire in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His current research project seeks to understand initially how the perception of empire and imperial government was maintained by ruling elites, through engagement with the local population and the implementation of grand ‘imperial strategy’ away from the metropolitan centre of London. To date this work has focused on the ‘Atlantic World’ but recently has enlarged it’s scope to consider geographical regions in South Asia (namely India) and Africa (namely the Gold Coast, modern day Ghana). Seán completed his PhD at Trinity College Dublin, anaylsing the transnational impact of the Act of Union on the political relationship between Ireland and Britain in the early nineteenth century. He was an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar and has held a Dobbin Scholarship from the Irish Canada University Foundation (http://www.icuf.ie/sean-oreilly/). The latter award has led to ongoing comparative research into expressions of imperial policy in Ireland and Canada in the nineteenth century. While at Trinity Seán won the inaugural Trinity Postgraduate Award for Teaching Excellence and is currently a council member of the Irish Legal History Society and a member of the Trinity Centre for Early Modern History.
Kevin O’Sullivan (National University of Ireland Galway)
Kevin O’Sullivan is a lecturer in history at the School of Humanities, National University of Ireland Galway. His research focuses on the ends of empire in the second half of the twentieth century and the myriad consequences of decolonisation. His first book, Ireland, Africa and the End of Empire: Small State Identity in the Cold War, 1955-75 was published in 2012 by Manchester University Press. His current project, titled The NGO Moment: The Globalisation of Humanitarianism, 1968-85, uses Ireland as one of its case studies to investigate the relationship between the rise of NGO humanitarianism, globalisation, and the creation of a transnational civil society. With Matthew Hilton, he co-edited a special issue of European Review of History (2016) on the theme ‘Humanitarianisms in Context: Histories of Non-State Actors, from the Local to the Global’, and is co-convenor of the Non-State Humanitarianism: From Colonialism to Human Rights international research network. Kevin is also a member of the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, and a committee member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians.
Andrew Phemister (University of Edinburgh)
Andrew Phemister is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. His thesis, entitled “Our American Aristotle’: Henry George and the republican tradition during the Irish Land War, 1877-87’, looks at the political and intellectual dimensions of the land question in a transnational context. The project argues that the Land War positioned Ireland as a site of ideological conflict at a critical juncture in the history of political thought, and looks at the role of ‘Irishness’ as a dynamic but discordant friction within the genealogy of transatlantic republicanism. Andrew is interested in the historical construction and interaction between moral and economic ideas, and, in turn, how popular political activity engages with political philosophy.
Jennifer Redmond (Maynooth University)
Jennifer Redmond is Lecturer in Twentieth Century Irish History at Maynooth University where she is also the current Director of the MA in Irish History. She is the President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland (2014-17), a member of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Historical Studies, the Irish Historical Sciences Committee and the Church of Ireland Historical Society.Transnational perspectives have informed her work for the last number of years on Irish migration to Britain, in particular the experiences of women in the twentieth century. Comparisons and differences between Britain and Ireland with regard to the economic, social and personal opportunities available to women have been a particular feature of her work. Recently, her research on Irish men and women in Britain during the Second World War has employed a transnational approach to the civilian experience of total war. It also reveals the intertwined national histories of Britain and Ireland with regard to citizenship. You can find Jennifer on Twitter @RedmondJennifer.
Sarah Roddy (University of Manchester)
My research interests lie in modern Irish and British social, economic and religious history. My doctoral research explored the attitudes and responses of the Catholic, Presbyterian and Anglican churches in Ireland to mass outward migration during the nineteenth century. It did so in comparative, thematic terms and with a fresh emphasis on the effects that migration had on the sending rather than the receiving society. This work was published as Population, Providence and Empire: The Churches and Emigration from Nineteenth-century Ireland by Manchester University Press in late 2014. I have also published essays and articles on nineteenth-century print culture, on Irish missionaries and empire, on religious fund-raising, and on Ireland’s ‘spiritual empire’. In addition, I have produced, with Professors Bertrand Taithe and Julie-Marie Strange, articles on the regulation of the charity fund-raising market in late Victorian Britain, and we have in preparation a monograph entitled Selling Compassion: The Making of Modern Humanitarianism. My current project, entitled ‘Visible Divinity: Money and Irish Catholicism, 1850-1921’, is a transnational examination of the Irish Catholic Church’s fund-raising capacity and practices, and has been funded, initially through a Hallsworth Fellowship at Manchester, and latterly through an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant.
Cathal Smith (National University of Ireland Galway)
Cathal Smith’s research compares nineteenth-century Irish landlordism with antebellum U.S. Southern slaveholding, investigating parallels and contrasts between Irish landlords’ and American planters’ economic behaviour, their ideologies and politics, and labour relations on their landed estates. The project also explores the many direct and indirect connections that linked Ireland and the U.S. South during the 1800s. He is currently working on a monograph, provisionally titled Lords of Land and Labour: Mid-Nineteenth-Century Irish Landlords and American Planters in Comparative and Transnational Perspective.
Niall Whelehan (University of Strathclyde)
Niall Whelehan is a Chancellor’s Fellow in History at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His work mainly focuses on the topics of radical politics, nationalism, political violence and diaspora using transnational and comparative perspectives. He is the author of The Dynamiters: Irish Nationalism and Political Violence in the Wider World (Cambridge, 2012, PB 2015) and the editor of Transnational Perspectives on Modern Irish History (Routledge 2015). He is also interested in the comparative history of Italy and Ireland. He is presently working on a project investigating transnational lives, Irish radicalism and diaspora in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Jonathan Wright (Maynooth University)
Jonathan Wright is a lecturer in British History at Maynooth University. Broadly focused on the political and cultural history of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, his work to date has addressed three overlapping areas: politics and culture in the age of revolution and reform (c. 1789-1832); British and Irish imperial history (with a particular emphasis on the Ulster experience of empire); and the cultural history of science. He is the author of The ‘natural leaders and their world: politics, culture and society in late-Georgian Belfast, c. 1801-1832 (Liverpool, 2012) and, with Diarmid A. Finnegan, the editor of Spaces of global knowledge: exhibition, encounter and exchange in an age of empire (Farnham, 2015). Jonathan has interests in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and in the application of spatial perspectives to historical analysis. He is currently working on a biography of Sir James Emerson Tennent, a Belfast-born writer, traveller, parliamentarian and colonial administrator, who served as colonial secretary of Ceylon between 1845 and 1850, and is beginning work on a new project, exploring Ulster’s connections with the Atlantic World, and its involvement in slavery and anti-slavery, during the Age of Revolution.
Lili Zách (National University of Ireland Galway)
Lili Zách holds a PhD from National University of Ireland, Galway. Her primary research interests lie in the field of Irish foreign policy, with special attention to Irish links with Central Europe. Her doctoral project focuses on Irish perceptions of and connections with the Dual Monarchy and its successor states, spanning from 1914 until 1945, with the intention of demonstrating the significance of small nations in Irish political discourse. Offering new insights into Irish links with the wider world, in contrast with the persisting image of an inward-looking Ireland, she aims to explore and contextualise Irish parallels with small states in Central Europe.