Irial Glynn is a lecturer at the Institute for History at Leiden University. His research and teaching mostly relate to migration history. He is the author of Asylum Policy, Boat People and Political Discourse: Boats, Votes and Asylum in Australia and Italy (Palgrave, 2016), and the co-editor with J. Olaf Kleist of History, Memory and Migration: Perceptions of the Past and the Politics of Incorporation (Palgrave, 2012).
Irial (1979) completed his BA in archaeology and history in 2001 at University College Dublin (UCD). After working as a professional archaeologist in Ireland and France for a number of years, he returned to UCD to complete an MA in History on the decolonisation of India (2004). He examined asylum policymaking since the 1980s for his doctoral studies at the European University Institute in Florence.
After completing his PhD in late 2009, he co-wrote an extensive funding application for the Irish Refugee Council for the establishment of a database for European asylum law, which received substantial sponsorship from the European Commission's European Refugee Fund. He taught at University College Dublin until 2012.
In 2013 he worked as a post-doctoral researcher on the Emigre project at University College Cork, which examined contemporary Irish emigration. In January 2014, he started a two-year Marie Curie Fellowship at Leiden University's Institute for History. He has held visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford and New York University.