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 Radicalism, is based on research supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship, and explores the interplay between Irish land radicalism and international oppositional movements of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including labour, humanitarianism and women’s rights. 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 and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.

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


Teaching Interests

I teach modules on Irish history and the history of political violence and terrorism, and in 2018-2019 I will teach a new MSc class on Irish diaspora radicalism.

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2005 2017

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Political Mobilization
World War I
Ottoman Empire

Playing with scales: transnational history and modern Ireland

Whelehan, N., 2015, Transnational Perspectives on Modern Irish history. Whelehan, N. (ed.). New York, NY., p. 7-29 23 p. (Routledge studies in modern history; vol. 15).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter