Dr Tomas Irish

Dr Tomas Irish

Senior Lecturer, History

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I am a historian of twentieth century Europe. I took my BA and PhD degrees at Trinity College Dublin. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at TCD between 2012 and 2015. 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. 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 project looks at humanitarian aid to Europe after the First World War and its role in rebuilding intellectual and cultural life.


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 in New York.

Areas Of Expertise

  • History of the First World War.
  • History of humanitarianism.
  • History of inter-war Europe.
  • History of universities.
  • The League of Nations.
  • Transnational history.
  • The Irish Revolution.
  • History of peace making.