Niall Whelehan


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

My work focuses mainly on modern Irish history in transnational and comparative contexts, and the fields of political violence, diaspora, nationalism and social movements. My first book is The Dynamiters: Irish nationalism and political violence in the wider world, 1867-1900 (Cambridge UP, 2012, paperback 2015). Based on my PhD thesis from the European University Institute, Florence, the book offers a transnational history of Irish nationalist violence in the nineteenth century. 

My present project, entitled The Irish Land League and Diaspora Activism, is based on research supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship, and explores radical networks in Ireland and the Irish diaspora in Britain, the United States and Argentina in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I have also written on the comparative history of Italy and Ireland, and I am a founding member of the research network Transnational Ireland.

Along with teaching and research, I’m interested in history and film and I have organised the film series Screening Irish History at the Glasgow Film Theatre, the CCA Glasgow and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.

I am the Erasmus and International Exchange co-ordinator for History.


Teaching Interests

I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Irish history and the history of political violence and terrorism.

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Research Output

Sacco and Vanzetti, Mary Donovan and transatlantic radicalism in the 1920s

Whelehan, N., 11 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Irish Historical Studies. 44, 165

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  • The importance of space for understanding political mobilisation

    Bouwers, E. G. & Whelehan, N., 7 Nov 2017, In : Immigrants and Minorities. 35, 3, p. 149-156 8 p.

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