Dr Peter McLoughlin

Dr Peter John McLoughlin


(PhD Queen’s University Belfast)

Contact Details
Room 025.01.005
tel: ++44 (0) 28 9097 3109
email: p.mcloughlin@qub.ac.uk

Teaching Areas

The politics of divided societies; political violence, terrorism and security; Irish politics and history; research methods.


My research background is in Irish history and politics, with particular emphasis on Irish nationalism and the Northern Ireland problem. However, more recent work has drawn upon broad theories of ethnic conflict and conflict resolution, showing how these can be applied to Northern Ireland specifically. I also have an interest in the project of European integration, and how this has brought about changes in Irish nationalist ideology which have contributed to the resolution of the Northern Ireland problem. This provides the rationale for my current research, which explores the ways in which European integration has both changed Irish nationalist thinking and helped to reshape British-Irish relations in recent decades. Following this, I hope to begin a collaborative research project which will explore moderate nationalist tendencies in different EU states, and how European integration has influenced the behaviour of these tendencies.

Before becoming a lecturer, I held a Leverhulme Fellowship in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast, and fellowships at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, and the Institute for British-Irish Studies, University College Dublin. Prior to this, I worked for ARK (Access Research Knowledge) Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast.   

Selected Publications

Book/Book Chapters:  

  • McLoughlin, P. J., John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism (Manchester University Press, 2010)  
  • McLoughlin, P. J., ‘The SDLP and the Europeanization of the Northern Ireland Problem’, in K. Hayward and M. Murphy (eds), The Europeanization of Party Politics in Ireland, North and South (Routledge, 2010) 
  • McLoughlin, P. J., ‘“Humespeak”: the SDLP, political discourse, and the Northern Ireland peace process’,in K. Hayward and C. O’Donnell (eds), Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution (Routledge, 2010)



  • Hepburn, E., and P. J. McLoughlin, ‘Celtic nationalism and supranationalism: comparing Scottish and Northern Ireland party responses to Europe’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations (forthcoming)      
  • McLoughlin, P. J., ‘The SDLP and the Europeanization of the Northern Ireland problem’, Irish Political Studies, vol. 24, no. 4, 2009, pp. 603-19
  • McLoughlin, P. J., ‘Horowitz’s theory of ethnic party competition and the case of the SDLP, 1970-79’, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol. 14, no. 4, 2008, pp. 549-78 
  • McLoughlin, P. J., ‘“Dublin is just a Sunningdale away”? The SDLP and the failure of Northern Ireland’s Sunningdale experiment’, Twentieth Century British History, vol. 19, no. 4, 2008, pp. 74-96
  • McLoughlin, P. J., ‘“Humespeak”: the SDLP, political discourse, and the Northern Ireland peace process’, Peace and Conflict Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, 2008, pp. 95-114 
  • McLoughlin, P. J., Mark McNally and Robert Miller, ‘ARK (Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive): the Northern Ireland Qualitative Catalogue and Archive on the Conflict’, Irish Political Studies, vol. 22, no. 2, 2007, pp. 133-37                       
  • McLoughlin, P. J. and Robert Miller, ‘“Whatever you say, say nothing”: the issue of “macro-context” in the construction of a catalogue and archive of qualitative material on the Northern Ireland conflict’, Methodological Innovations Online, vol. 1, no. 2, 2006, http://erdt.plymouth.ac.uk/mionline/public_html/viewarticle.php?id=30&layout=html
  • McLoughlin, P. J. (principal author), ARK (Access Research Knowledge) Online Qualitative Catalogue on the Northern Ireland Conflict, www.ark.ac.uk/qual/conflict/
  • McLoughlin, P. J., ‘“…it’s a united Ireland or nothing”? John Hume and the idea of Irish unity, 1964-72’, Irish Political Studies , vol. 21, no. 2, 2006, pp. 157-80