Niall Whelehan


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

My work focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and themes of migration, political violence, nationalism and radicalism, mainly relating to Ireland and the Irish diapsora. I completed my doctorate at the European University Institute, Florence. Before coming to Strathclyde, I worked at Bielefeld University, Germany, NUI Glaway and the University of Edinburgh.

My new book is called Changing Land: Diaspora Activism and the Irish Land War and will appear in 2021 with NYU Press, in the Gluckman Irish Diaspora Series. It is based on research supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship and examines radical networks in Ireland and Irish migrant communities in Scotland, England, the United States and Argentina. My first book is The Dynamiters: Irish nationalism and political violence in the wider world, 1867-1900, which appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2012.

My next project is a book length study of John O'Dwyer Creaghe, an Irish emigrant who became a leading figure in the large anarchist movement in Argentina at the turn of the twentieth century.

I teach the history of modern Ireland at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and I also run a year-long undergraduate module on the global history of terrorism.

Along with teaching and research, I’m interested in the interpretation of history through music and film. I am presently working on a collaborative project with musicians on primary historical sources and music. I have organised the mini-film series Screening Irish History which has run at the Glasgow Film Theatre, the CCA Glasgow and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.

At Strathclyde I am the History rep for the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, and I am the Erasmus and International Exchange co-ordinator for History.


Teaching Interests

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


I welcome applications from potential PhD students who wish to work on areas of:

  • modern Ireland and the Irish diaspora
  • migration
  • terrorism and political violence
  • Cinema and Irish history

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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