Prof Graham Walker

Professor Graham Walker
Professor of Political History
(PhD Manchester)
Director of Research (Politics and International Studies)
Director: MA Irish Politics

Contact Details 
Room 024.0G.003
tel: ++44 (0) 28 9097 3200 

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Teaching Areas

A special undergraduate module on Scotland and Northern Ireland which looks comparatively at the political history and contemporary politics of both places; contributions to modules on Irish and British politics at undergraduate level and to the MA in Irish Politics.

Research Interests

The political history and contemporary politics of Scotland and Northern Ireland, particularly the politics of Unionism; the history and contemporary role of the Labour movement in the UK; political biography; the politics of sport.

Research Supervision: I currently supervise, or have recently supervised, research students in the following subject areas: Ulster Unionism; the Protestant working class experience; the Ulster independence/ autonomy idea; the Politics of Direct Rule; the pursuit of a ‘Shared Future’ in Northern Ireland.

Recent/Selected Publications

  • A History of the Ulster Unionist Party: Protest, Pragmatism and Pessimism ( Manchester University Press, 2004 ).
  • ‘Identity questions in contemporary Scotland: faith, football and future prospects’, Contemporary British History Vol.15, no.11 ( Spring 2001 ), 41-60.
  • ‘The British-Irish Council’, in R.Wilford ( ed.), Aspects of the Belfast Agreement ( Oxford University Press, 2001 ).
  • ‘Protestant Ulster: ethno-history, memory and contemporary prospects’, National Identities Vol.2, no.3 ( November 2000 ), 293-307. Co-authored with D.Officer.
  • A Biographical Dictionary of British Prime Ministers ( Routledge, 1998 ), co-edited with B. Eccleshall.
  • ‘Northern Ireland, British-Irish Relations and American Concerns, 1942-56’, Twentieth Century British History, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2007
  • The ‘Scotlandis British’ Campaign, 1976-8’, Scottish Affairs, no. 61, autumn 2007
  • ‘Scotland, Northern Ireland and Devolution, 1945-79’, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 49, No.1 (2010), 117-142
  • ‘Scotland, Northern Ireland and Devolution: Past and Present’ Contemporary British History, Vol. 24, No. 2 (2010), 235-256
  • ‘Scotland’s Sectarianism Problem: Irish Answers?’ Political Quarterly, Vol. 83, No. 2 (2012), 374-383
  • ‘John P. Mackintosh, Devolution and the Union’, Parliamentary Affairs, Vol.66, No.3 (2013), 557-578