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Enda Delaney

Personal Chair of Modern History

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes


Born and raised in Dublin, I hold degrees from Maynooth University (BA, MA) and Queen’s University Belfast (PhD). Having previously held permanent lecturing posts at Queen's University Belfast (1999-2004) and the University of Aberdeen  (2004-6), I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008, Reader in 2010, and then to Professor of Modern History in 2015.

In 2010 I was the recipient of an Economic and Social Research Council Mid-Career Fellowship, awarded on the basis of a proven track record of excellence in research.

Current Research Interests


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


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


I am the Co-PI (with Professor Fearghal McGarry, Queen's University Belfast) of the three year (2017-20) AHRC funded project, 'A Global History of Irish Revolution, 1916-1923'.


Research Groups

Administrative Roles

School Director of Research



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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