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Reader in Modern Irish History, Liverpool John Moores University

Gillian O'Brien is Reader in Modern Irish History.

She is the author of "Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago" (University of Chcago Press, 2015) ( and has also published work on the Anglo-Irish relations, newspaper and journalism history, the history of Dublin and the history of Primary Education in Ireland. Her BA and MA are from University College Dublin and her PhD from the University of Liverpool.

Her current research project is a study of the Irish in America from the Civil War to the turn of the twentieth century. She is also working on an architectural and social history of convents in eighteenth and nineteenth century Ireland. In addition she is interested in the history of women journalists in America and representations of the Irish in the illustrations of Thomas Nast. Gillian is also involved in a number of public history projects and works a the historical advisor for museum and heritage schemes. Recent work includes the development of Spike Island in Co. Cork, Ireland and work on Kilmainham Gaol and Courthouse in Co. Dublin and Nano Nagle Place in Cork city.

Gillian is the module leader for 5019Hist: Ireland 1690-1922 and 6025Hist: Celebration and Commemoration in Irish History.

Gillian would welcome proposals from potential postrgraduate students on topics including: eighteenth and nineteenth century Ireland; the history of religious orders in Ireland; Irish-America; newspaper history; history of memory and commemoration among other topics.

Gillian can be found on twitter: @gillianmobrien and maintains a personal blog:


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    Reader in Modern Irish History, Liverpool John Moores University