Peter McQuillan, Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature, holds a B.A. and M.A. from University College, Dublin, and a Ph.D. in Celtic languages and literatures from Harvard University. Before coming to Notre Dame, he held the Sir John Rhys Studentship in Celtic Studies at Jesus College, Oxford University, and taught Irish at the University of Regensburg in Germany and at Harvard.
He has published articles in the Journal of Celtic Linguistics and Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, and is currently preparing material for publication in Ériu and Éigse. He is the author of Modality and the Subjunctive Mood in Irish (2002) and Native and Natural: Aspects of the Concepts of Right and Freedom in Irish (2004), an analysis of the transformation of concepts of rights and freedom as expressed in the Irish language.
Professor McQuillan has served as chair of the Department of Irish Language and Literature.
In February 2019, he delivered the annual Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture, a signature event in the Keough-Naughton Institute's academic year. His theme: "Remarks on the History of Social and Political Concepts in Irish."