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Burns Visiting Scholars


Kevin Whelan (Academic Year 1995-1996)

Kevin Whelan has been Director of the Keough-Notre Dame Center in Dublin since 1998. Previously, he taught at New York University and Concordia University, and completed fellowships at the Royal Irish Academy and University College Dublin, where he earned his PhD. From 1995 to 1998, Whelan was a historical advisor to the Irish government on the Famine and the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Since 1999, he has also co-directed Notre Dame’s annual Irish Seminar, which has drawn scholars such as Seamus Heaney and Edward Said.

Selected publications:

“The Green Atlantic.” In A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity and Modernity in Britain and the Empire, 1660-1840, Kathleen Wilson, ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

“The Memories of ‘The Dead’.” The Yale Journal of Criticism Vol. 15, No. 1 (2002): 59-97.

Fellowship of Freedom: The United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion. Cork: Cork University Press, 1998.

With Matthew Stout, eds. Atlas of the Rural Irish Landscape. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

The Tree of Liberty. Radicalism, Catholicism and the Construction of Irish Identity 1760-1830. South Bend, Indiana: Notre Dame University Press, 1996.

“An Underground Gentry? Catholic Middlemen in Eighteenth-Century Ireland.” Eighteenth Century Ireland Vol. 10 (1995): 7-68.