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Prof David Gleeson


Department: Humanities

David T. Gleeson is a native of Ireland but spent 18 years studying and teaching in the United States.  He came to Northumbria from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was Director of the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World. He remains a research associate of it and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His research focussed on Irish and English immigrants in nineteenth-century America as well as issues of race, ethnicity and class in the antebelllum and Civil War eras. 

David Gleeson

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My earlier work focussed on Irish immigrants in the American South. I wrote a book on the general Irish experience in the nineteenth-century South and another specifically on the Irish in the Confederacy, including Irish immiigrants commemoration of the Confederate experience. I then moved to work on the English in North America as a co-investigator in the AHRC funded project 'Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1750-1850  Currently, I am working on two projects, the first examines the role of slavery in the Confederate States of America, the second on Race, Class, and Ethinicity, in the United States Navy during the Civil War.  

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Claiming Freedom: Race, Kinship, and Land in Nineteenth-Century Georgia, Gleeson, D. 1 Sep 2020, In: American Nineteenth Century History
  • "An Unfortunate Son of Erin": The Irish in Civil War Kentucky, Gleeson, D. 7 Sep 2019, In: The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
  • Immigrant America and the Civil War, Gleeson, D. 31 Oct 2019, The Cambridge History of the American Civil War, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • England and the Antebellum South, Gleeson, D. 2017, English Ethnicity and Culture in North America, University of South Carolina Press
  • English Ethnicity and Culture in North America, Gleeson, D. 30 Jul 2017
  • The Global Dimensions of Irish Identity: Race, Nation, and the Popular Press, 1840–1860, Gleeson, D. Apr 2017, In: Journal of British Studies
  • Failing to ‘unite with the abolitionists’: the Irish Nationalist Press and U.S. emancipation, Gleeson, D. 16 Sep 2016, In: Slavery & Abolition
  • Free black communities and the underground railroad: the geography of resistance, Gleeson, D. 2016, In: Slavery & Abolition
  • Unequal Freedoms: Ethnicity, Race and White Supremacy in Civil War–Era Charleston, Gleeson, D. Dec 2016, In: Civil War History
  • "Remember that your blood is Pure Scotch-Irish": Ulster Americans and the Confederate States of America., Gleeson, D. 2015, Irish Hunger and Migration: Myth, Memory and Memorialization, New Haven, CT, Quinnipac University Press

PGR Supervision

  • Brian Langley Dissent and Discontent in the Confederate South, 1861 -1865 Start Date: 02/10/2012 End Date: 22/02/2018
  • Craig McLaughlan 'The U.S. Civil War and late-nineteenth century Brazilian development' Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 01/05/2014
  • Peter O'Connor ‘The Inextinguishable Struggle Between North and South': American Sectionalism in the British Mind, 1832-1863 Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 01/05/2014
  • Rian Holland Imagination, Diaspora, and Conflict: Irish Nationalism in America and Ireland, 1876 - 1916 Start Date: 01/10/2015
  • Lewis Kimberley Rumour and Racial Violence in the United States, 1873 to 1908 Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Sarah Collins A comparative study of urban space in Newcastle upon Tyne and Charleston, South Carolina, 1740-1840 Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 09/04/2019

Further Information

I am an active member of the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH).

I am also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Distinguished Speaker for the Organization of American Historians.

I am general editor of the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Series at the University of South Carolina Press. If you have a manuscript that might fit in the Series, please get in touch.  



  • History PhD December 15 1997
  • History MA June 30 1997

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