Dr Niall Whelehan

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


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.





Changing Land : Diaspora Activism and the Irish Land War
Whelehan Niall
The Glucksman Irish Diaspora Series The Glucksman Irish Diaspora Series (2021)
Saving Ireland in Juteopolis : gender, class and diaspora in the Irish Ladies' Land League
Whelehan Niall
History Workshop Journal Vol 90, pp. 74-95 (2020)
Sacco and Vanzetti, Mary Donovan and transatlantic radicalism in the 1920s
Whelehan Niall
Irish Historical Studies Vol 44, pp. 131-146 (2020)
Book Review : History from the Bottom Up & the Inside Out: Ethnicity, Race and Identity in Working-Class History by James R. Barrett
Whelehan Niall
The Journal of American History Vol 106, pp. 505-506 (2019)
[Review] Patrick Mannion, 'A Land of Dreams : Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Irish in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine, 1880-1923'
Whelehan Niall
The importance of space for understanding political mobilisation
Bouwers Eveline G, Whelehan Niall
Immigrants and Minorities Vol 35, pp. 149-156 (2017)

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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

Professional activities

Changing land: Emigrants and visions of radical reform in nineteenth-century Ireland
Terrorism and Transnationality
European Social Science History Conference 2021
Scotland and the Global Irish Revolution
Ireland, Ukraine and Empire
A Global History of the Irish Revolution 1916-23

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Diaspora, Colonialism, Anarchism and the Transnational Life of an Irish Doctor in South America
Whelehan, Niall (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2021

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