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: Emigrant Activism and the Irish Land War, 1879-1882 and will appear in 2021. 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.





Saving Ireland in Juteopolis : gender, class and diaspora in the Irish Ladies' Land League
Whelehan Niall
History Workshop Journal Vol n/a, pp. n/a (2020)
Sacco and Vanzetti, Mary Donovan and transatlantic radicalism in the 1920s
Whelehan Niall
Irish Historical Studies Vol 44, pp. 131-146 (2020)
The importance of space for understanding political mobilisation
Bouwers Eveline G, Whelehan Niall
Immigrants and Minorities Vol 35, pp. 149-156 (2017)
Revolting peasants : Southern Italy, Ireland and cartoons in comparative perspective, 1860-1882
Whelehan Niall
International Review of Social History Vol 60, pp. 1-35 (2015)
Playing with scales : transnational history and modern Ireland
Whelehan Niall
Transnational Perspectives on Modern Irish history (2015) (2015)
Transnational Perspectives on Modern Irish history
Whelehan Niall
Routledge studies in modern history Routledge studies in modern history, Vol 15 (2014)

More publications


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