Ciaran Brady


Ciaran Brady is Professor of History and Historiography at Trinity College Dublin and is the Fall 2017 Naughton Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.

He has two primary areas of research and scholarship.

First, he has published widely in the area of Irish and English history in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, with his most recent book Shane O'Neill (revised and expanded 2nd edition, Dublin, UCD Press, 2015); He is currently at work on the preparation of a Calendar of State Papers for the years 1556-65.

Second, given his awareness of the unresolved interpretative conflicts which surround early modern Irish history and Anglo-Irish relations, Professor Brady has a second, long-standing research interest in the theory and practice of history writing.  He has published several articles and edited a number of books on this topic—see, for example, Interpreting Irish history: The debate on historical revisionism, 1938-1994 (Ed., Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1994); Ideology and the Historians (Ed., Dublin: Lilliput Press, 1991), and, most recently, a study of the Victorian man-of letters and historian of the sixteenth century, James Anthony Froude: James Anthony Froude: an intellectual biography of a Victorian prophet, 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014).

At Notre Dame in Fall 2017, Professor Brady will open the Keough-Naughton Institute’s Speakers and Public Talks Series with “John P. Prendergast and the Problems of History Writing in Nineteenth-Century Ireland” (Friday, September 1, 3:30 p.m., Room 1030 Jenkin Nanovic Halls).

This talk is part of a broader theme to be explored in the Fall 2017 term undergraduate course “Writing Irish History,” which Professor Brady is co-teaching with Professor Thomas Bartlett, Chair in Irish History at the University of Abderdeen emeritus and the Keough-Naughton Institute’s Fall 2017 Patrick B. O’Donnell Distinguished Visiting Professor. That class will trace the course of what Professor Brady calls Ireland's "curious divergence" from a general pattern in Western historiographical culture.

Also, on October 23 (3:30 p.m., Room 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls), with Faculty Fellow Patrick Griffin as moderator, he will hold a “conversation” with another noted historian, Peter Onuf, emeritus, University of Virginia, on a theme related to the urgency and challenge of doing history in our time.

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