Associate Professor of History
Phone: ext. 2375

Academic Accomplishments

  • PhD, Carnegie Mellon, 1999


A graduate of University College Dublin and Carnegie Mellon, Mac Suibhne has published on various aspects of modern Irish history, including the rise and repression of republicanism in the late eighteenth century, agrarian ‘improvement’ and social unrest in the mid-1800s, the photographing of Irish republican suspects in the 1860s, Catholic mentalités in the late nineteenth century and changing attitudes to traditional music. He is editor of Society and Manners in Early-Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Dublin: Field Day, 2011), an annotated edition of the travel writing of John Gamble, medical doctor and man of letters, and co-editor, with David Dickson, of Hugh Dorian, The Outer Edge of Ulster: A Memoir of Social Life in Nineteenth-Century Donegal (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2000, 2001; South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), the most extensive lower-class account of Ireland’s Great Famine. In 2005, he was one of the founding editors, with Seamus Deane, of Field Day Review, a journal of political and literary culture, and, with Enda Delaney, he is editing a collection of essays on the Great Famine and popular politics, for publication, by Routledge, in 2013. His current book projects are Spirit, Spectre, Shade: The Biography of an Irish Ghost, a study of the politics of identity in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century north-west Ulster, and The End of Outrage; or, The Informer and the Historian, a micro-history of the politics of post-Famine adjustment in south-west Donegal.