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Sean Farrell

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. I am a past President of the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Major Publications

Books

Articles/Book Chapters

 

  • "The Reverend Thomas Drew aand Protestant Children in Early Victorian Belfast," New Hibernia Review, 19: 2 (Summer 2015), 43-58.
  • "Building Connections: The Mant Controversy and the Church of Ireland in Early Victorian Belfast," Irish Historical Studies, 154 (November 2014), 52-71.
  • "Providence, Progress and Silence: Writing the Irish Famine on Sandy Row," Canadian Journal of Irish Studies (Winter 2013), 101-113.
  • "Ulster Sectarianism and the Lessons of South Asian Historiography," History Compass, 8/9 (2010), 1023-35.
  • "The Burning of Freeduff Presbyterian Church, 1743," New Hibernia Review/Irish Eireannach Nua, Volume 9, Number 3 (Autumn 2005), 72-85.
  • (Editor) Eire-Ireland, Volume 39: 1 and 2 (Earrach/Samradh; Spring/Summer 2004), special issue on unionist identities.
  • "Recapturing the Flag: The Campaign to Repeal the Party Processions Act, 1860-72," Eire-Ireland XXXII (Summer/Fall 1997), 52-78.

 

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.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 171  The World Since 1500
  • HIST 356  Modern Ireland
  • HIST 357  History of the British Isles, 1066-1688
  • HIST 358  History of the British Isles, 1688 to the Present
  • HIST 391  Historical Methods
  • HIST 452  Nation and Empire in Modern Britain
  • HIST 454  Industry, State and Society in Modern Britain
  • HIST 491  Senior Thesis
  • HIST 498  Ireland and India
  • HIST 540  Nation and Empire in Modern Britain

Sean Farrell

Sean Farrell

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1996

Modern Europe (Britain and Ireland)

815-753-6820
sfarrel1@niu.edu
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