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Burns Visiting Scholars


Alvin Jackson (Academic Year 1996-1997)

Alvin Jackson is currently Sir Richard Lodge Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh, a post he has held since 2004. An honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy, he has also taught at University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. In addition to his appointment as Burns Scholar in 1996, Jackson has been the recipient of several UK national awards, including a British Academy-Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship (2009) and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2014). Jackson’s research examines the relationship between Britain and Ireland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing especially on Irish Unionism.

Through Boston College's Front Row service, you can view a video of Jackson's September 16, 2003 lecture entitled "Irish Home Rule, 1999-2000."

Selected publications:

The Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland, and the Survival of the United Kingdom, 1707-2007. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Home Rule: An Irish History, 1800-2000. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.

Ireland 1798-1998: Politics and War. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.

Colonel Edward Saunderson:  land and Loyalty in Victorian Ireland. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995.

Sir Edward Carson (Life & Times). Dundalk, County Louth: Dundalgan Press, 1993.

The Ulster Party: Irish Unionists in the House of Commons, 1884-1911. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.