I took my BA and PhD degrees at Trinity College Dublin. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at TCD between 2012 and 2015 where I also served as the Associate Director of TCD’s Centre for War Studies (2012 to 2014). I took up the position of Lecturer in Modern History at Swansea University in September 2015. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018 and currently convene the Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory research group.

My doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on the cultural history of the First World War and its impact upon universities and transnational intellectual communities and this formed the basis of my two monographs. My first monograph, The University at War 1914-25: Britain, France, and the United States, was awarded the Kevin Brehony prize by the History of Education Society in 2017.

My current research examines the role of intellectuals and expertise in inter-war Europe. It focuses in particular on what I call ‘intellectual relief’ or aid that was aimed specifically at intellectuals and universities following the end of the First World War.

I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2015. In 2018 I was selected to take part in the award-winning Welsh Crucible programme which promotes the development of Wales’ future research leaders and in 2019 I was awarded a research stipend by the Rockefeller Archive Center to conduct research in their collections.


  1. Irish, T. Petitioning the World: Intellectuals and Cultural Mobilization in the Great War (Ed.), A World at War, 1911-1949: Explorations in the Cultural History of War 42 60 Leiden Brill
  2. Irish, T. Ostriches and Tricolours: Trinity College Dublin and the Irish State, 1922-45 (Ed.), Protestant and Irish: The minority's search for place in independent Ireland 122 136 Cork Cork University Press
  3. Irish, T. Maintaining the Light of Truth? The Mobilization of University Academics, 1914-1915 (Ed.), The First World War and the Mobilization of Biblical Scholarship 19 36 London T&T Clark
  5. Irish, T. Trinity College Dublin: An Imperial University in War and Revolution, 1914-1921 (Ed.), The Academic World in the Era of the Great War 119 139 Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan

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  • HI-M22 Dissertation

    Students produce a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a historical topic, chosen in conjunction with their supervisor. This represents the culmination of the History MAs, and constitutes Part Two of the programme.

  • HI-M39 Research Folder

    This module is designed to help students to identify a dissertation topic appropriate to their interests and expertise, and to tackle the problems of methodology, develop the research techniques, and undertake the project planning which are the necessary preliminaries to researching and writing a 20,000 word dissertation.

  • HIH124 Modern British History

    This module explores the broad sweep of the history of the United Kingdom since its modern creation in 1801. It brings together different approaches from political, economic, social and cultural history to consider the different ways the history of a nation can be studied. At the module's heart are questions of what constitutes a nation and the extent to which British society can be considered to be unified.

  • HIH237 The Practice of History

    The purpose of the module is to encourage you to think more deeply about how historians work and, in particular, about how we as historians can locate and use primary historical sources effectively as a means of interpreting and understanding the past. During the module we will learn about the survival of historical evidence, how it is organised and made accessible to historians to undertake their research, and how to effectively locate and interpret it in your studies. We will consider how the process of doing historical research changes over time, in particular with the impact of recent developments like digitization. At the core of the module will be the work you undertake with others in your seminar group using a range of primary sources which your seminar tutor will introduce to you. As part of the module assessment you will also undertake your own primary source based research project using items from these collections. The module is designed strengthen your analytical skills and to help prepare you for the more extensive uses of primary evidence which you will encounter in final year special subjects and dissertation.

  • HIH274 Conflict & Memory: Europe in the Twentieth Century

    Collective memories of conflict and death were powerful historical forces in twentieth-century Europe. This module considers how popular and scholarly understandings of the past shaped debate, attitudes and decisions from the start of the First World War to the end of the Cold War. It addresses the pronouncements of politicians and the output of artists, as well as public debate about the work of historians. Co-taught by lecturers with expertise in comparative history, the module covers a range of countries and conflicts spanning Europe¿s turbulent twentieth century. Case studies to be examined in detail include the commemoration of conflict after 1918, the role of historical narratives in the articulation of ideologies of the interwar period, the development of a collective memory of the Holocaust, and the salience of memory and commemoration during the Cold War. Students will develop an appreciation of the different concepts, approaches and sources historians use to explore collective memories. The module will also explore cultural and political aspects of the current ¿commemorative fever¿ which has gripped Europe in the twenty-first century

  • HIH3300 History Dissertation

    The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.

  • HIH3340 The Lights that Failed: the League of Nations and International Peace, 1919 to 1939

    The twin issues of war and peace dominated Europe from the turn of the twentieth century. The threat of war has traditionally been presented as the result of rising national rivalries. However, this period was also one in which the world became increasingly inter-connected and modern internationalism was born, which was, in turn, seen as a guarantor of peace. This module examines how internationalist ideas evolved in the early 1900s, how they were undermined in 1914 with the outbreak of the First World War, how they were reborn again in the 1920s through the work of the League of Nations, before failing once more in the mid-to-late 1930s. The module encourages students to think critically about terms such as nationalism and internationalism and the relationship between them, as well as how war and peace have been understood and justified at different points in history.

  • HIH3358 Changed Utterly? The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

    In 1912 Ireland was an integral part of the British Empire and the Union which bound the United Kingdom together. By 1923, the island of Ireland had been partitioned, with 26 southern counties now constituting an independent Free State, while six northern counties now formed a new entity known as Northern Ireland. In the intervening years, the island of Ireland had experienced the trauma of the First World War, the shock of a nationalist rebellion in Dublin in 1916, the outbreak of a War of Independence between 1919 and 1921, and a bitter Civil War between 1922 and 1923. In the words of W.B. Yeats all was `changed, changed utterly.¿ This module will explore the political, cultural, and social changes of this period in Irish and British history. Looking at primary source accounts of the period, it will examine issues such as how the future of Ireland was imagined in 1912; different forms of nationalism and unionism; Irish involvement in the First World War; the righteousness of the Easter Rising; the role of women in political activism; the contentious events of the War of Independence and Civil War; the consequences of Irish independence for Britain and the British Empire. It will also encourage students to think about how divisive historical events should be remembered. This module will be 40% political history, 30% cultural history, and 30% social history.

  • HIHD00 Heritage Dissertation (Practice-Based)

    This module affords students the opportunity to complete their MA in Heritage by undertaking a practical heritage project. The project, worth 67% of the marks, may be undertaken independently, or via a placement with a heritage project or organisation. It will be accompanied by a reflective commentary worth 33% of the marks.

  • HIHD01 Heritage Dissertation (Written)

    Students produce a dissertation on a heritage topic, chosen and developed in conjunction with their supervisor in line with the standard College MA requirements.

  • HIHX213 City University, Hong Kong

    This Module is delivered at City University Hong Kong, for those students who participate in an Exchange Programme.

  • HIHX220 Hong Kong Baptist University

    This module is delivered at Hong Kong Baptist University, for those students who partipate in an Exchange Programme

  • HIHX221 Hong Kong Baptist University

    This module is delivered at Hong Kong Baptist University, for those students who partipate in an Exchange Programme

  • HIHX222 Hong Kong Baptist University

    This module is delivered at Hong Kong Baptist University, for those students who partipate in an Exchange Programme

  • HIHX223 Hong Kong Baptist University

    This module is delivered at Hong Kong Baptist University, for those students who partipate in an Exchange Programme

  • HIHX230 University of New Brunswick

    This module is delivered at University of New Brunswick, for those students who partipate in an Exchange Programme

  • HIHX231 University of New Brunswick

    This module is delivered at University of New Brunswick, for those students who partipate in an Exchange Programme

  • HIHX232 University of New Brunswick

    This module is delivered at University of New Brunswick, for those students who partipate in an Exchange Programme


  • Student Life at Swansea University, 1920-1990. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Miskell
  • 'Community of Interests:' The creation, development and challenges of the science faculty at the University College of Swansea, circa 1920-1970 (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
    Other supervisor: Dr Christoph Laucht
  • Either With Us or Against Us: British Preceptions of the Irish during World War Two (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
    Other supervisor: Dr Cahir O'Doherty
    Other supervisor: Dr Gerard Oram
  • The League of Nations in Wales, c. 1918-1939. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Louise Miskell
    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
  • 'The Experience of the Disabled First World War Soldier Returning to Wales’ (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Tomas Irish
    Other supervisor: Dr Leighton James