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Professor Peter Gray

School Of History, Anthropology, Philosophy And Politics
Peter Gray

Professor Peter Gray

School Of History, Anthropology, Philosophy And Politics

Professor Gray’s research is in the history of British-Irish relations c.1800–70, especially the political history of the Great Famine 1845–50, the politics of poverty and land and British governance in Ireland.

He is researching the Ulster radical William Sharman Crawford. He has wider interests in the history of nineteenth-century political economy and social thought, in comparative imperial and famine history (especially Ireland and India), in historical memory and commemoration, and the history of 20th-century Northern Ireland.

Research opportunities

Open to PhD applications in the field of

  • Nineteenth-century Irish history
  • Comparative famine history
  • Pre-Troubles history of Northern Ireland

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Public outreach & key achievements

Research students

PhD Title Poverty, poor relief and public health in Belfast c.1800-1851
Country Northern Ireland
PhD Title  A nineteenth-century Irish coroner: William Charles Waddell (1846-76)
Country  USA
PhD Title  Power, profit, plantocracy and the 2nd Earl Belmore
Country  Northern Ireland
PhD Title  Soldiers, politics and Empire: Ireland, Egypt and the Sudan, 1882-1900
Country  Ireland
PhD Title  Emyr Estyn Evans and the cultural identity of Ulster, c.1929-1969
Country  Northern Ireland
PhD Title  Education, famine, and conversion: Evangelical missions’ strategies and accusations of Souperism in Catholic Ireland, 1800-1869
Country  France


Alumni: Where are they now

PhD Title The churches and emigration from nineteenth-century Ireland
Country Ireland
Current Position  Lecturer in History, University of Manchester
PhD Title  Jewish identity and community in Belfast, 1920-48
Country  Northern Ireland
Current Position  Outreach Officer, Imperial War Museum, London
PhD Title The Newfoundland-Irish in industrial Cape Breton, 1880-1920
Country Canada
Current Position  Institutional Historian, Episcopal Corporation of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada



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