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Prof McGarry works on modern Irish history. His recent research has focused on the revolutionary era, particularly the Easter Rising. He has published widely on politics in independent Ireland, particularly republicanism and radical political ideology in the inter-war era. An active public historian, he is interested in historical memory, including commemoration, historical films, and museums.

He is currently researching inter-war Irish cultural anxieties about modernity, and leading a major research project assessing the Irish revolution’s global impact.

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Professor McGarry is open to PhD applications in the fields of; 

  • Modern Irish history
  • Politics and culture in 20th century Ireland
  • Commemoration and historical memory
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Through collaborations with museums such as GPO Witness History, theatre companies like the Abbey Theatre,
documentary-makers and other public history partners, Professor McGarry's research on the Easter Rising and
the Irish Revolution is informing commemoration of the current ‘Decade of Centenaries’, facilitating greater
public understanding of this contentious period of history.




Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Institute of Irish Studies

Centre for Public History



Research students

PhD Title: Press control in Northern Ireland during the Second World War

Name: Conor Campbell
Years of Study: 2014-present
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Title: Representing the Troubles: Contested Histories, Critical Museology and Conflict Exhibitions

Name: Matthew Jackson
Years of Study: 2014-present
Country: Northern Ireland


Alumni: where are they now?

Peter Leary

PhD Title: Unapproved routes: histories of the Irish border, c 1922-72

Years of Study: 2010-2014
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. Winner, 2016 ACIS Prize for Distinguished First Book

‘Being part of a multi-disciplinary school helped me to develop as a historian – by thinking across scholarly boundaries I was better placed to understand the international boundary that was the subject of my research.’

Shaun McDaid

PhD Title: Sunningdale, power-sharing, and British-Irish relations, 1972-75

Years of Study: 2006-2010
Country: Ireland
Current position: Lecturer in Politics, University of Huddersfield

‘My PhD in History from Queen’s University Belfast equipped me with skills in research, writing and analysis that have proven invaluable to me in commencing a career in the higher education sector.’

Christopher Magill

PhD Title: East Ulster and the Irish Revolution, 1920-22            

Years of Study: 2010-2014
Country: UK
Current position: Senior Associate (Anti-Money Laundering), PwC

‘The research skills I gained during my PhD were pivotal in landing a research job with PwC. Since then I've moved into a role that requires an investigative mind-set and strong written and verbal communication skills, all of which I developed during my years at QUB.’

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