Enda Delaney


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Enda Delaney is a Professor at the University of Edinburgh where he holds a Personal Chair in Modern History.

Born (1971) and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he was educated at Maynooth University and Queen’s University Belfast.

Having previously held posts at a number of British and Irish universities, he joined the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and was promoted to a Personal Chair in 2015.

Current Research Interests

My previous research on modern Ireland focused on three interrelated themes: emigration and the transnarional Irish diaspora, locating Irish history in a transnational and global context, and the history of Ireland's Great Famine, 1845-52.

My current research explores the Irish encounter with modernity since 1780,  funded by an ESRC Mid-Career Fellowship. I am completing a book, Making Ireland Modern: The Transformation of Society and Culture, based on this project for Oxford University Press. 

My next book will be a study of human cognition and culture from pre-history until the present day. 

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PhD in Economic and Social History                 Queen's University Belfast 1997

MA (by major thesis) in Modern History             Maynooth University (NUI) 1993

BA (hons) in Modern History and Sociology      Maynooth University (NUI) 1991


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