Retired staff



Geoffrey Roberts is an historian, biographer, and political commentator. A renowned specialist in Russian and Soviet foreign and military policy and an expert on Stalin and the Second World War, his books have been translated into Chinese, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish and Turkish.

His latest book is Stalin’s Library: A Dictator and His Books (Yale University Press 2022)

He is Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.



Tom Dunne is Professor Emeritus of History, and has published widely on 18th/19th century Irish cultural and political history, using an eclectic range of sources, particularly literature in Irish and English, and Irish and British art. His book, Rebellions: Memoir, Memory and 1798 (2005; 2nd ed. 2010) won the Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. His current research is on Eighteenth century Irish landscape art featuring the demesnes of great houses.



Liz Steiner-Scott’s research focuses on the social history of women in post-Famine Ireland. She is particularly interested in domestic violence against women in late 19th and early 20th century Ireland and the intersection between ordinary women’s lives and political/community activities in the decades preceding the foundation of the Irish Free State. During her time in the Department of History, Liz was Co-ordinator of the European Integration Studies B.A. and following her retirement in 2010, she continued to be an active member of the Teaching Team for the M.A. in Women’s Studies until 2016.  She has also volunteered with the organisation of the Archive for the Sexual Violence Centre Cork as well as the Cork LGBT Archive (Arthur Leahy Collection) that is now located in the Cork City Museum.



Dermot Keogh is Emeritus Professor of History and Emeritus Professor of European Integration Studies, UCC. He did his postgraduate work at University College Dublin and the European University Institute, Florence. Twice a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, he has also held a senior fellowship at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's university, and was the Burns Scholar at Boston College  His books cover topics on: Irish trade union history; Irish political and constitutional history; church-state relations; history of Irish diplomacy; Ireland and the Holy See; Jews in twentieth century Ireland; the history of UCC between 1904 and 1919; Religion and Society in Latin America; the Irish revolution as seen from abroad; and Australia and the Irish revolution. His more recent work is a two-volume history of Ireland and Argentina in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.



Dr. Laurence Geary retired in 2017 from his position as Senior Lecturer in the School of History. His research interests are in the social, political and medical history of modern Ireland, and in the history of the Irish in colonial Australia.



Areas of Interest

  • Irish history, especially social, legal and institutional, - late medieval and Early Modern (including religious history).
  • Scottish History (pre-modern).
  • General European legal and institutional history.
  • Pre-modern Asian history.
  • Ecological history.
  • Cryptozoology



J .J. Lee, Emeritus Professor of History at UCC, lectured in UCD and the University of  Cambridge before his appointment as Professor and Chair of  Department of Modern History in UCC from  1974 until 1992,  serving also at times as Dean of  Faculty of Arts, Vice President of UCC, a member of the NUI Senate and of  Seanad Eireann.  He was Chair of the Combined Departments of History in UCC from 1992  until his appointment in 2002 at New York University as the  Glucksman Professor of  Irish  History, as well as  Director of the Center for Irish Studies, Glucksman Ireland House, and as a Professor in the History Department, until his retirement in 2017.  His academic publications include over 100 articles as well as authored books, The Modernisation of  Irish Society, 1848-1918 (Gill and Macmillan, 1973), Ireland 1912-1985 (Cambridge University Press, 1989),  The Age of de Valera, coauthored with Gearoid O Tuathaigh (Ward River Press, assoc. R.T.E.,1982), and  edited volumes, including  Marion R. Casey & J. J. Lee (eds), Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States (NYU Press, 2006).

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