Dr Niall Whelehan

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow


Personal statement

My work focuses mainly on modern Irish history in transnational and comparative contexts, and the fields of political violence, diaspora, nationalism and social movements. 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. 

My present project, entitled The Irish Land League and Diaspora Activism, is based on research supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowship, and explores radical networks in Ireland and the Irish diaspora in Britain, the United States and Argentina in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I have also written on the comparative history of Italy and Ireland, and I am a founding member of the research network Transnational Ireland.

Along with teaching and research, I’m interested in history and film and I have organised the film series Screening Irish History at the Glasgow Film Theatre, the CCA Glasgow and Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.

I am the Erasmus and International Exchange co-ordinator for History.





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)
Youth, generations, and collective action in nineteenth-century Ireland and Italy
Whelehan Niall
Comparative Studies in Society and History Vol 56, pp. 934-966 (2014)
The Irish revolution, 1912-23
Whelehan Niall
The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History (2014) (2014)

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