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Burns Visiting Scholars


Diarmaid Ferriter (Academic Year 2008-2009)

​Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at University College Dublin, where he earned both his BA and Ph.D.  He has also taught at Saint Patrick’s College Drumcondra, in addition to his tenure as Burns Visiting Scholar. Among Ferriter’s primary areas of interest are Irish women’s history, power in twentieth century Ireland, Eamon de Valera’s impact on Irish history, and the revolutionary period at the turn of the twentieth-century. Accordingly, his teaching focuses on the intertwined social, political, and cultural history of the last century in Ireland.


Photo by Lee Pellegrini

Through Boston College’s Front Row service, you can view videos of two of Ferriter's talks:

“Unfulfilled Promise? Irish Politics and the Quest for the Just Society, 1967-2007.” Burns Scholar lecture, October 2008.

“Sex and the Archbishop: John Charles McQuaid and Social Change in 1960s Ireland.” Lecture sponsored by the Boston College Irish Studies program, October 2006.

Selected publications:

A Nation and Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolutions, 1913-23. London: Profile, 2015.

Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s. London: Profile Books, 2012.

Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland. London: Profile Books, 2009.

Judging Dev: A reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon De Valera. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2007.

What if? Alternative Views of Twentieth century Ireland. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 2006.

Ed., with Susannah Riordan. Years of Turbulence: The Irish Revolution and its aftermath. Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2015.