Breandán Mac Suibhne

Breandán Mac Suibhne

Associate Professor of History
Phone: ext. 2375

Academic Accomplishments

  • PhD, Carnegie Mellon, 1999


Breandán Mac Suibhne is a historian (PhD, Carnegie Mellon, 1999) of society and culture in modern Ireland, particularly Ulster, with special interests in the politics of identity in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the Great Famine, migration, oral history, Irish America, and the Atlantic. His most recent book, The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2017), was the Irish Times ‘Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year’ in 2017. Mac Suibhne’s other publications include two major annotated editions, viz., John Gamble’s Society and Manners in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Dublin: Field Day, 2011), a compendium of the travel-writing of a hard-living doctor, and, with David Dickson (Trinity College, Dublin), Hugh Dorian’s The Outer Edge of Ulster (Dublin: Lilliput, 2000, 2001; South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), the most extensive lower-class account of Ireland’s Great Famine. He was a founding editor, with critic Seamus Deane, of Field Day Review (2005–), a journal of political and literary culture, and, with Enda Delaney (U. Edinburgh), he edited Ireland’s Great Famine and Popular Politics (New York: Routledge, 2016). His Subjects Lacking Words? The ‘Gray Zone’ of the Great Famine (Quinnipiac University Press, 2017) recently appeared in the Famine Folios pamphlet series.

Mac Suibhne has received several major awards including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, a John F. Kennedy Scholarship, and fellowships in the Moore Institute for the Humanities and Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

An adapted extract from The End of Outrage (2017) can be read here:

For an excerpt from Subjects Lacking Words? (2017) see: