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Burns Visiting Scholars


Peter Gray (Spring 2004)

Peter Gray is currently a professor of Irish Modern History at Queen’s University, Belfast. Elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2013, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and completed research fellowships at Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University and Downing College at Cambridge. Prior to his tenure at Queen’s University, Gray taught Irish and British History at the University of Southampton and was recently awarded the Frederik and Catherine Eaton Fellowship at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. A specialist in the history of British-Irish relations in the nineteenth century and the politics of poverty and land, Gray spent a portion of his time at Boston College studying the Burns Library’s collection of Irish political pamphlets, especially those related to the Irish Famine.

Selected publications:

With Pauline Colllombier-Lakeman. La Grande Famine en Irlande, 1845-1851. Paris: Editions Fahrenheit, 2014.

With Olwen Purdue. The Irish lord lieutenancy c. 1541-1922. Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2012.

Ed., with Virginia Crossman. Poverty and welfare in Ireland 1838-1948. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011.

The making of the Irish poor law 1815-43. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004.

Victoria’s Ireland? Irishness and Britishness 1837-1901. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004.

Ed., with Kendrick Oliver. The memory of catastrophe. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004.