Prof Don MacRaild
PhD, BA, Cert Ed(HE), FRHistS
Professor in History
Department of Humanities
Newcastle upon Tyne
phone: +44 (0) 191 243 7259
fax: +44 (0) 191 227 3696
Appointed as Professor in History in 2009, Don previously held chairs of History at the University of Ulster and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to that, Don held lectureships at the universities of Northumbria and Sunderland. He is a Lancastrian with Scottish roots on both sides of his family. He was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness. He has produced nine books or pamphlets and numerous articles and chapters. His most recent book, The Irish Diaspora in Britain, 1750-1939, was published in 2010 by Palgrave-Macmillan. He has been an expert reviewer for the IRCHSS, ESRC, Wellcome, as well as for many international journals.
Certificate in Higher Education, University of Sunderland, 1996
PhD, University of Sheffield, 1993
BA, Liverpool Polytechnic, 1989
Don has several overlapping fields of research expertise, including: the Irish in Britain and the wider British World; the history of the Orange Order outside Ireland; the history of labour and social organization; and ethnicity and ethnic conflict in the nineteenth century. He is also interested in the application of theory to historical research and in research methods.
Don is PI of the AHRC funded project 'Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1760-1950' (starting 2011).
Don has supervised a number of thesis students in his areas of expertise and has examined doctoral candidates at Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland at Maynooth, London, Strathclyde and De Montfort. He is happy to hear from those wishing to work on the Irish Diaspora; migration in the British and Irish worlds; and British and Irish social and labour history.
Affiliations and Memberships
Fellow, Royal Historical Society
Editor, Immigrants & Minorities
Affiliated Researcher, Academy for British and Irish Studies, University of Huddersfield
Awards and Fellowships
2011: AHRC Research Grant (Standard Route) as PI with Tanja Bueltmann and David Gleeson (Co-Is)
2010-11: Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra
2003-5: £182,000 ESRC, Research Methods Programme, as Co-I with Dr Malcolm Smith, University of Durham, PI
2003-4: Stipendiary Non-Residential Fellow of the Irish Academy for Cultural Heritages (IACH), Ulster
1999-2000: Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 1999-2000
1992-3: Scouloudi Fellow, Institute of Historical Research
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[as editor with Tanja Bueltmann and David Gleeson], Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012).
The Irish Diaspora in Britain, 1750-1939, enlarged second edition (Macmillan, 2010).
[as editor, with Enda Delaney] Irish Migration, Networks and Ethnic Identities Since 1750 (Routledge, 2007), 304pp. [First appeared as a double special issue of Immigrants & Minorities, 23, 2/3 (2005)].
Faith, Fraternity and Fighting: the Orange Order and Irish Migrants in England, c.1850-1920 (Liverpool University Press, 2005), 353pp.
Chapters and Articles:
‘“No Irish Need Apply”: The origins and persistence of a prejudice’, Labour History Review, forthcoming, 2013.
[with John A. Burnett, Kyle Hughes and Malcolm Smith], ‘Scottish Migrants in the northern “Irish Sea industrial zone”, 1841-1911: Preliminary Patterns and Perspectives’, Northern History, forthcoming 2012.
[with Malcolm Smith], ‘Migration and Emigration, 1600-1945’, in Liam Kennedy and Philip Ollerenshaw (eds), Ulster Since 1600: Politics, Economy, and Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 140-59.
[with Frank Neal] 'Child-Stripping in the Victorian City', Urban History, 39, 3 (2012), pp. 431-52.
[with Tanja Bueltmann], 'Globalising St George: English Associations in the Anglo-World to the 1930s', Journal of Global History, 7 (2012), pp. 79-105.
‘Orangeism in the Atlantic World’, in D. Gleeson (ed), The Irish in the Atlantic World (South Carolina University Press, 2010).
[with Neville Kirk and Melanie Nolan], ‘Transnationalism in the Age of Globalisation’, introduction to Labour History Review, special issue, 75, 1 (2010).
[with Malcolm Smith] `The Irish in the mining industry in England and Wales in the 19th Century: Evidence from the 1881 Census’, Irish Economic and Social History, 36 (2009), pp. 36-62.
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