Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Research Interests

The quality of research produced within the Department of History is of the highest calibre. All members are research-active and offer research supervision at masters and doctoral level. The research strengths at UL lie in early modern Ireland, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire; nineteenth-century Ireland, Australia; twentieth-century international (Irish-American relations), and Germany. In general accord with the arts and humanities, research is mostly independently based. Nonetheless, individual faculty are also involved in collaborative projects with colleagues in universities both within the state and the EU.

Dr Ciara Breathnach: History of the family; medical humanities; health histories in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Ireland; gender; visual history; the Irish in New Zealand and America.

Dr David Fleming: Early modern Ireland; history of localities; political, social and cultural history of eighteenth-century Ireland

Dr Richard Kirwan: Early-modern Germany; history of universities; early-modern print culture; History of the Reformation

Dr Alistair Malcolm: Spain in the golden age; diplomatic and court politics; cultural history; politics and artistic patronage.

Professor Anthony McElligott: Germany in the twentieth century, including urban politics, cultural history, Holocaust

Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Modern and early modern periods, encompassing aspects of social and cultural history, musicology, and historiography.

Dr Vincent O’Connell, Modern French and Belgian history. Jewish material culture, public history and cultural heritage in twentieth century Ireland

Dr Ruán O'Donnell: Modern Irish, European and Australian history, The United Irishmen; imperialism; Irish revolutionary movements; commemoration.

Professor Bernadette Whelan: Diplomacy; US-Irish relations; US foreign policy: Irish foreign policy; history of women