Niall Whelehan


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

My work focuses on the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries and the themes of migration, political violence, nationalism and radicalism, mainly relating to Ireland and the Irish diapsora. I completed my doctorate at the European University Institute, Florence and before coming to Strathclyde I worked at Bielefeld University, Germany, NUI Glaway and the University of Edinburgh.

My new book is called Changing Land: Diaspora Activism and the Irish Land War and will appear in 2021 with NYU PRess, in the Gluckman Irish Diaspora Series. It is based on research supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship and examines radical networks in Ireland and Irish migrant communities in Scotland, England, the United States and Argentina. My first book is The Dynamiters: Irish nationalism and political violence in the wider world, 1867-1900, which appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2012.

I teach the history of modern Ireland at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and I also run a year-long undergraduate module on the global history of terrorism.

Along with teaching and research, I’m interested in history and film and I organise the mini-film series Screening Irish History which has run at the Glasgow Film Theatre, the CCA Glasgow and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.

At Strathclyde I am the History rep for the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, and I am the Erasmus and International Exchange co-ordinator for History.


Teaching Interests

I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the history of Ireland and Irish migration, and the history of political violence and terrorism.


I welcome applications from potential PhD students who wish to work on areas of:

  • modern Ireland and the Irish diaspora
  • migration
  • terrorism and political violence
  • Cinema and Irish history


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