B.A. (Hons.): History/English. National University of Ireland, Galway, 1988
M.A. (1st Class): Modern Irish History. National University of Ireland, Galway, 1988
Ph.D. Modern American History. Maxwell School (History), Syracuse University, 1997
Phone: (603) 899-4392
2017, 2012, 2011, 2009: FPU Faculty Appreciation Awards
2016: City of Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Ambassador Award
2014: Keene State College President’s Outstanding Women of NH Award
Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory. 2014; Rowman & Littlefield. Paperback ed. 2016.
The Shamrock and the Lily: The New York Irish and the Creation of a Transatlantic Identity, 1845-1921. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005.
“The Hand of Friendship: Protestants, Irish Americans and 1916-era Nationalism.” Chapter in Ireland’s Allies: America and the 1916 Easter Rising, ed. Miriam Nyhan Grey. Dublin: UCD Press, 2016: 218-227.
“Great Famine, The.” Entry in Edward J. Blum, ed. America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History. 2 vols. Farmington Hills, MI: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2016.
“The Tip: Shoe Shops, American Dreams and the Ultimate Irish-American Hard Luck Story,” with Bill Brennan. Studies in Arts and Humanities, vol. 1, no. 2 (2015): 68-82.
“Coarse Cloth and Clerical Tailoring: Negotiating Boston Irish Cultural Imperatives in the Famine Era”. Irish Studies Review 23, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 135-153.
Excommunicated from the Union: How the Civil War Created a Separate Catholic America, by William B. Kurtz. Journal of Southern History LXXXIII, no. 1 (Feb. 2017): 187-188.
Compassionate Stranger: Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine, by Maureen O’Rourke Murphy. New Hibernia Review 19, no. 4 (Winter/Geimhreadh 2015): 150-152.
Who’s Your Paddy? Racial Expectations and the Struggle for Irish American Identity, by Jennifer Nugent Duffy. American Historical Review 119, no. 5 (Dec. 2014): 1739-1740.
Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916, by William Jenkins.Journal of American History 101, no. 2 (2014): 607-608.
Conference Papers/Keynotes/Invited Talks:
Panelist: “What Were They Thinking? Irish-American Intellectual Strains 1919-1922.” Global Irish Diaspora Congress, UCD, Dublin; 15-19 August, 2017.
Keynote: “Irish-America & the 1916 Years.” Irish Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, October 30, 2016.
Panel Chair and presenter: “BFFs or Frenemies? The Protestant Friends of Ireland post-1916.” Celtic Studies Northeast Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Keene State College, NH; October 22, 2016
Invited presenter: “The Hand of Friendship: Protestants, Irish Americans & 1916-era Nationalism.” NYU Ireland House 1916 Forum “Independent Spirit,” April 22, 2016
Paper, “Confounding Crusaders: The Protestant Friends of Ireland in post-1916 Irish-American Diaspora Nationalism,” ACIS, University of Notre Dame, March 31, 2016
“From the Famine to the Rising.” Conversation with Author” series, Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, MA. March 19, 2016