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David T Gleeson

Professor of American History, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Department: Humanities

David 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.

 CCE2, Rm 203d/Lipman 109

0191 227 3707


PhD, Mississippi State University, 1997
MA, Mississippi State University, 1993
BA (Hons), University of Westminster, 1991

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

David’s new book The Green and the Gray: The Irish and the Confederate States of America was published on Sept. 2, 2013, in the Civil War America Series with the University of North Carolina Press He is editing a collection of essays for the University of South Carolina Press entitled The Civil War as Global Conflict: Transnational Meanings of the American Civil War to be published in 2014.  His essay on the Irish in the Civil War in Reconfiguring the Union: Civil War Transformations ed. Iwan Morgan, was published by Palgrave this summer and an article co-written with Don MacRaild and Tanja Bueltmann on English ethnicity in North America for the Journal of American Ethnic History will appear next summer. David continues as Co-I of the AHRC funded project 'Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1760-1950' ( He blogs at and Tweets @dgleesonhistory. He is a member of the British and Irish World and US History Research Groups. 

Current/Recent Projects

2011: AHRC Research Grant (Standard Route) as Co-I with Don MacRaild (PI) and Tanja Buetmann (Co-I)

Key Publications

The Green and the Gray: The Irish in the Confederate States of America (University of North Carolina Press, 2013). 

‘“Faugh a Ballagh!’ The Irish and the American Civil War” in Reconfiguring the Union: Civil War Transformations ed. Iwan W. Morgan and Phillip J. Davies (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013). 

 “Immigration” in Blackwell Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson, ed. Sean Michael Adams (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

'Another "Lost Cause":  The Irish in the South Remember the Confederacy,' Southern Cultures 17 (Spring 2011): 50-74.

'The Forgotten Nationalist:John Mitchel, Race and Irish American Identity,' Reviews in American History 38 (Dec. 2010): 658-63.

‘Securing the “Interests” of the South:John Mitchel, A. G. Magrath, and the Reopening of the Transatlantic Slave Trade,’ American Nineteenth Century History 11, 3 (2010).

‘“To live and and die [for] Dixie”:Irish Civilians and the Confederate States of America,’ Irish Studies Review 18 (May 2010): 139-53.

The Irish in the South, 1815-1877 (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). * Winner of the 2002 Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book in Irish Studies.

Further Information

The Green and the Gray:

Twitter: @dgleesonhistory    

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here


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