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 anarchism, mainly relating to Ireland and the Irish diapsora, and occasionally I write on Italy and the United States. At the moment I'm writing a book on emigrant activism and the Irish Land War of the late-nineteenth century which will appear in 2021. It is based on research supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship and explores radical networks in Ireland and Irish migrant communities in Britain, the United States and Argentina. My first book is The Dynamiters: Irish nationalism and political violence in the wider world, 1867-1900 (Cambridge UP, 2012, paperback 2015). Based on my PhD thesis from the European University Institute, Florence, the book offers a transnational history of Irish nationalist violence in the nineteenth century.

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.





Sacco and Vanzetti, Mary Donovan and transatlantic radicalism in the 1920s
Whelehan Niall
Irish Historical Studies Vol 44, pp. 131-146 (2020)
Saving Ireland in Juteopolis : gender, class and diaspora in the Irish Ladies’ Land League in Scotland
Whelehan Niall
History Workshop Journal (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)

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