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Emeritus Ap. Bernadette Whelan


Professor Whelan is currently the head of the Department of History. In 2005-6 she was an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fellow. She has published extensively in the area of Irish diplomatic history and on the history of women. Her teaching interests lie in twentieth century US and Irish history.

Research Interests

Irish foreign policy, American-Irish diplomacy, Irish women's history,

Teaching Interests

US History, 1913-83
Ireland and America: A special relationship, 1790-1980
Ireland and the wider world, 1919-80
US foreign relations in the twentieth century

Professional Activities


  • 2012 - Enterprise Ireland FP7 Support Project Grant
  • 2005 - Wellcome Institute !V Symposium Award
  • 2005 - Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science
  • 2002 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Research Grant
  • 2001 - Dwight D Eisenhower travel Grant
  • 2000 - University of Limerick Research Seed Fund
  • 2000 - Research Grant
  • 1999 - Research Grant
  • 1996 - University of Limerick Research Seed Fund
  • 1996 - University of Limerick Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1995 - Mobility Grant
  • - IRCHSS Graduate Research Education Programme
  • - .IRCHSS Senior Research Fellow
  • - .IRCHSS (Thematic Project Programme)
  • - .College of Humanities Research Board
  • - Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowship Prog
  • - .HEA: North-South Collaboration Programme


  • 2003 Royal Irish Academy. Publications sub-committee,
  • 1998 Women's History Project, *
  • 1990 Women's History Association of Ireland, *
  • 1899 Irish American Cultural Institute, United States, *
  • 1899 2003 and 2002. Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, *
  • 1899 2003 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, *
  • 1899 Publications Committee, Royal Irish Academy,


  • 1999 Member, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • 1999 Member, Irish Historical Studies
  • 1995 Ordinary member, Irish Economic and Social History Society
  • 1990 Ordinary member, Irish Studies in International Affairs
  • 1990 Ordinary member, Irish-American Cultural Institute
  • 1990 President, 1995-to date, Women's History Association of Ireland


  • 1989 National University of Ireland - PhD
  • 1983 University College Cork - MA
  • 1980 University College Cork - BA


  • 1984 University of Limerick - Senior Lecturer in History,


  • 2012/23 Scattery Island Heritage Group.
    2012/13 The Gathering and Reaching Out Committee. Limerick City Council, Shannon Development, Limerick Civic Trust
    2012 ‘American consuls in Ireland: the limerick link', Castleconnell Historical Society, Limerick, 14 Feb

    2011 ‘Irish Women, emigration and America' Ormond Historical Society, Nenagh. Co Tipperary, 5 December

    2011 ‘The US consular service in Ireland: The Limerick Office' Limerick City Library Seminar Series, Limerick, 23 October


  • Associate Fellow, Department of History, University of Warwick, UK 2014-17.


Book Chapter


The Marshall Plan and Business: a retrospective
Francesa Fauri and Till Geiger (eds),
Ireland, productivity and the Marshall Plan' in Francesa Fauri and Till Geiger (eds), The Marshall Plan and Business: a retrospective (PEI Peter Lang, 2011), pp. 19-39


the impact of the 1916 rising among the nations
in Ruán O'Donnell (ed.)
The Wilson administration and the 1916 Rising'

Conference Contribution

Conference Publication

Edited Book


Clio's Daughters: Essays on Irish Women's History 1845 to 1939

Other Publication

Peer Reviewed Journal


‘American influences on Irish advertising and consumerism 1900-60: fashioning Irishwomen'
Bernadette Whelan
Journal of Historical Research in Marketing


Wilson, war and peace' (review article)
Bernadette Whelan
War In History


‘‘Poacher Turned Game-keeper': Defeating the Irish Republican Army in the United States, 1922-3,'
Bernadette Whelan
The Recorder: The Journal Of The American Irish Historical Society