Fields of Study: Modern Europe (Britain and Ireland), Agrarian Societies, Atlantic World, Colonial Empires, Comparative/Transnational, Nationalism and Identity, Race and Ethnicity, Religion, Violence
Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
Office: Zulauf 615
Current Research: In general, my research has focused on the links between violence and the formation of communal identities in modern Ulster. My first book, Rituals and Riots: Sectarian Violence and Political Culture in Ulster, 1784-1886, examined the relationships between Catholic/Protestant rioting and the emergence of a divided political culture in the north of Ireland. In recent years I have co-edited two volumes of essays on aspects of the modern Irish experience (with Danine Farquharson and Michael de Nie) and am currently writing a series of articles on evangelical Protestantism and popular politics in early Victorian Belfast. This summer I'll be starting serious work on my next major project, a study of the nineteenth-century Irish and Irish-Australian intellectual and politician Charles Gavan Duffy. I am currently President of the American Conference for Irish Studies.
Teaching Interests: As a historian of the British Isles, I teach survey courses on Late Medieval and Early Modern England, Scotland and Wales, Modern Britain and Modern Ireland. In my upper division and graduate courses, I'm particularly interested in exploring questions of empire and nation, so most of my courses revolve around those broad themes.