Faculty Directory--Smurfit Director of the Keough-Notre Dame Centre Kevin Whelan
Kevin Whelan , one of Ireland’s best known and widely published scholars, was named the inaugural Michael Smurfit Director of the Keough-Notre Dame Centre in Ireland in 1998. He has been a visiting professor at New York University, Boston College and Concordia University (Montreal). He has lectured in over a dozen countries, and at the Sorbonne, Cambridge, Oxford, Torino, Berkeley, Yale, Dartmouth and Louvain. He has written or edited fifteen books and over one hundred articles on Ireland’s history, geography and culture. These include The Tree of Liberty. Radicalism, Catholicism and the Construction of Irish Identity 1760-1830 (1996), Fellowship of Freedom: The United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion (1998), and the best selling Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape (1997). Among influential articles are those on ‘An underground gentry?,’ ‘The Republic in the Village,’ ‘The Memories of “The Dead,”’ and ‘The Green Atlantic.’ Since 1999, he has also directed the annual Irish Seminar, the leading seminar in the field of Irish Studies, whose faculty has included Edward Said, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Homi Bhabha, Fred Jameson and Benedict Anderson.
A native of County Wexford, he received a BA at University College Dublin in 1978, and a doctorate from the National University of Ireland in 1981. He subsequently was awarded a Travelling Studentship from the National University of Ireland which he held at Memorial University, Newfoundland. He is a former Newman Scholar at University College Dublin, and Bicentennial Research Fellow at the Royal Irish Academy. Between 1995 and 1998, he was historical advisor to the Irish government on the Famine and the 1798 Rebellion.