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Dr James McConnel

Associate Professor

Department: Humanities

James McConnel is a historian of modern Ireland. He joined Northumbria University in 2008. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Ulster University between 2006 and 2008 and a research assistant at a number of British and Irish universities.

James McConnel

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Over the last two decades, my research has focused on various aspects of the politiucal history of modern Ireland. My main focus ahs been on the closing years of the Irish Parliamentary Party. My first book considered the IPP during the third home rule episode and the Ulster crisis of 1913-14. My work since then has focused on particular aspects of the careers of John Redmond and his family, as well as Redmond's politics during the early years of the First World War. Building oin these themes, my current book project focuses on pro-war nationalist propaganda between 1914 and 1918 (funded my a Leverhulme fellowship during 2019-20). 

During the recent First World War centenary, I worked closely with the Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project on a series of projects about rhe 1914-18 conflict and the North East of England: 1. The Dominion Geordies project (funded by QUB's AHRC WW1 engagement centre); 2. The Geordie Doughboys project (funded by the US Embassy); and 3. The Tynemouth POW project (funded  by HLF). 


Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • ‘Out in the Cold’?: The children of the Irish Parliamentary Party and the Irish Free State, McConnel, J. 1 May 2018, In: Irish Historical Studies
  • “Time and circumstance work great changes in public sentiment”: Royal Statues and Monuments in the United States of America, 1770–2010, McConnel, J. 30 Jul 2017, English Ethnicity and Culture in North America, University of South Carolina Press
  • ‘Après la guerre’: John Redmond, The Irish Volunteers, and Armed Constitutionalism, 1913–1915, McConnel, J. 1 Dec 2016, In: The English Historical Review
  • The GAA and the Irish Parliamentary Party, 1913-18, McConnel, J. 1 Oct 2015, The GAA & Revolution in Ireland 1913-1923, The Collins Press
  • The Irish Parliamentary Party and the Third Home Rule crisis, McConnel, J. Jun 2013
  • The 1688 Landing of William of Orange at Torbay: Numerical Dates and Temporal Understanding in Early Modern England, McConnel, J. 2012, In: The Journal of Modern History
  • Remembering the 1605 Gunpowder Plot in Ireland, 1605–1920, McConnel, J. 2011, In: Journal of British Studies
  • John Redmond and Irish Catholic loyalism, McConnel, J. 2010, In: The English Historical Review
  • Introduction, McConnel, J. 2009, Ireland and Scotland in the Nineteenth Century, Four Courts Press
  • Introduction, McGarry, F., McConnel, J. 2009, The black hand of republicanism: the fenians and history, Dublin, Irish Academic Press

PGR Supervision

  • Ann-Marie Foster The Ephemera of Remembrance in the Wake of War and Disaster, c. 1899-1939 Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 11/06/2019
  • Andrew Nelson The Influence of the Anglo-Irish War, 1919-1921, on the Evolution of Internal Security Practices in the Colonial Empire, 1922-1939 Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 20/02/2014
  • Daniel Riddell ‘'Rooshia, Prooshia, Memel an ‘Shiels': Politics and Business between Tyneside and the Baltic, ca.1815–1890 Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Daniel Riddell Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 15/07/2020


  • Irish History PhD June 30 2002
  • History MA June 30 1998
  • History BA (Hons) June 30 1996

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