Ciaran O’Neill is Ussher Assistant Professor in Nineteenth Century History at Trinity College Dublin and the Spring 2019 Patrick B. O’Donnell Visiting Professor at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Professor O’Neill was Burns Library Fellow at Boston College for Fall 2018 and CRC Visiting Fellow at SMU Halifax, in Nova Scotia, in the summer of 2018. In 2014 he was a Marie Curie Visiting Fellow at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.
Professor O'Neill has published widely on elite education and transnational Irish history, with an award-winning monograph Catholics of Consequence: Transnational Education, Social Mobility and the Irish Catholic Elite (Oxford University Press, 2014, 2016) augmenting an earlier edited collection Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century (FCP, 2013). He is a founder member of the Transnational Ireland Network, a former president of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century, and a Series Editor for the Reappraisals in Irish History book series with Liverpool University Press.
Some of Professor O'Neill's recent work appears in Eire-Ireland, Gender & History, The Public Historian, and Historical Research, as well as the Cambridge History of Ireland (2018), and the Cambridge Social History of Ireland (2017). His current work revolves around questions of public history, modern Irish and British literature, and the social and cultural history of Ireland, Britain and the Empire in the nineteenth century. His current research projects include a book on power and powerlessness in nineteenth century Ireland, a digital research project with Dr. Juliana Adelman (DCU) on an 1840s diary, and forthcoming projects on Ireland and the Caribbean.
At Notre Dame, Professor O’Neill will contribute to the Keough-Naughton Institute’s Speakers and Public Talks Series with a talk entitled "'Harvard Scientist seeks typical Irishman': Measuring the Irish Race 1888-1936," scheduled for Friday, February 22, 12:30 p.m., in Room B101 Jenkins Nanovic Halls. This talk is part of a broader theme to be explored in the undergraduate course "Ireland and Empire," which Professor O’Neill will teach throughout the Spring 2019 term. That class will seek to upend our assumptions about Ireland’s role in Imperial expansion and contraction by honing in on transnational Irish lives, and with a particular focus on female experience.