Staff of this School have traditionally had a high national public profile, with figures like Senators John A. Murphy, Joe Lee and Prof Dermot Keogh contributing to and shaping public debates on Irish history and society since the 1960s' . The staff includes many individuals whose scholarly records are of national or international importance in their field. The staff provide creative, research led teaching and place emphasis on active and supportive engagement with students. Academic work is supported by a strong and experienced team of administrative staff.

Academic Staff

Please click on the name of the staff member to go to the relevant IRIS Research Profile Page.

Dr Jérôme aan de Wiel

Dr Andy Bielenberg

Dr John Borgonovo

Dr Damian Bracken

Dr Bozena Cierlik

Dr Michael Cosgrave

Prof Brendan Dooley (Renaissance Studies)

Mr Gabriel Doherty

Dr David Edwards

Dr Finola Doyle-O'Neill

Dr David Fitzgerald

Dr Laurence Geary

Dr Jason Harris

Dr Detmar Klein

Dr Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D'Aughton

Dr Paul MacCotter

Dr Andrew McCarthy

Ms Katherine McGarry

Dr Hiram Morgan

Dr Donal O'Drisceoil

Dr Mervyn O'Driscoll

Mr Rory O'Dwyer

Dr Clare O'Halloran

Dr. Diarmuid Scully

Prof Geoffrey Roberts

Prof David Ryan (Head of School)


Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Ruth Canning

Dr Ruth Canning is a Marie Curie International Research Fellow, a post which she holds jointly between Concordia University, Montreal, and the National University of Ireland, University College Cork.  Awarded by the European Commission, the Marie Curie prize is one of Europe’s most competitive and prestigious awards, fostering interdisciplinary research and international collaborations.  A historian of early modern Ireland with a special focus on Ireland's Nine Years' War (1594-1603), Dr Canning’s research examines the socio-political impact of war on identity formation amongst Ireland's minority Old English population.  Dr Canning is a former Government of Ireland Scholar who completed a PhD in history at University College Cork in 2012.  Originally from Galway, Ireland, she completed a BA at Mount Allison University and a MA at Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Dr Chad Ludington 

Dr Chad Ludington is a Marie Curie International Research Fellow, and is working on a project on Irish merchants in Bordeaux.


Dr James O'Neill

Dr James O'Neill is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, is working on a project on the Military Revoluion and the Nine Years War in Ireland.

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Mark A. Hutchinson

IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013


Dr Sally-Ann Treharne

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2013


Dr James Ryan

Government of Ireland/Marie Curie CARA Postdoctoral Research Mobility Fellow in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011-2014  

Appointed Lecturer in History at Cardiff University in 2014




Deirdre O'Sullivan/Geraldine McAllister

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Charlotte Holland  +353 (0)21 490 2551


History/History of Art

Maeve Barry  +353 (0)21 490 2124


History/European Studies

Sheila Cunneen  +353 (0)21 490 2718


Women's Studies

Dr Maeve O'Riordan +353 (0)21 490 3654



Beatrix Faerber  +353 (0)21 490 2736



Dawn French

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School of History

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