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Dr McLoughlin works in the broad field of contemporary political history in Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a particular focus on the Northern Ireland problem and peace process. His most notable publication in this field is his book on the Nobel Peace Prize Winner, John Hume – John and the Revision of Irish Nationalism (MUP: 2010). Dr McLoughlin’s work also explores international and diaspora contributions to peace-making, and he will soon begin a research project as a Fulbright Scholar on the role of the US government and Irish-America in the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • The Northern Ireland problem and peace process
  • Ethnic conflict and peace-making
  • International contributions to peace-making (particularly US and EU roles)
  • The role of diaspora communities in ethnic conflict and peace-making
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  • Joint Editor of Irish Political Studies
  • Academic consultant for programme on John Hume in RTÉ’s “Ireland’s Greatest” series – for which
    Hume won the all-Ireland public poll (2010):
  • Fulbright Scholar (2018-19)



Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Associate Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice




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