Staff and Faculty
Dr. Robert M. Mauro
Director, Irish Institute
Dr. Robert M. Mauro is director of the Irish Institute. He completed his PhD in Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York in Albany. Before coming to Boston College he undertook a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) at University College Dublin (UCD). While there he worked on a project, titled Breaking the Patterns of Conflict: The Irish State, the British Dimension, and the Northern Ireland Conflict, that involved building an archive of interviews with over 100 key contributors to the Northern Ireland peace process. In addition to his research focus on ideology and conflict (The Practice of Ideology, 2009), he has extensive experience in academic and university administration and was Regional Conference Coordinator for the Political Studies Association of the UK. Dr. Mauro spent the best part of a decade conducting research and lecturing in a number of different universities in Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is Board Chair of Irish Network Boston, a board advisor to The Frederick Douglass- Daniel O’Connell Project, and a member of both the Boston Irish Business Association’s board of directors and the Wild Geese Network of Irish Scientists Steering Committee. Dr. Mauro is a recipient of a “Top 40 Under 40” in Irish-America award.
Paul Breen is assistant director of the Irish Institute. Paul received
his Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from the Dublin
Institute of Technology (DIT) School of Marketing and has also studied International Business at École Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse. While at DIT, Paul completed a dissertation exploring the organizational culture in the Irish public sector. Before coming to Boston College, Paul worked as a trade development executive with Enterprise Ireland the Irish Government's trade and technology agency that partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland's international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness. Paul was based in Enterprise Ireland's Boston office promoting and supporting Irish technology companies in the United States. Paul is currently an executive board member of the Boston Irish Business Association and has spent time in Honduras, Nicaragua and Malawi working on various sustainable humanitarian projects with two different non-government organizations (NGOs).
Budget Coordinator, Irish Institute
Stewart Harris is a Program Administrator at the Irish Institute of Boston College. He completed both his BA and MA in Irish History at Boston College, where he also served as Graduate Assistant to the Irish Institute. Before rejoining the Institute in 2013, he undertook a second MA in Welsh History at Aberystwyth University. While there he studied the role of sport and language in society; and was particularly interested in the ways in which rugby and the Welsh language interact to define ‘Welshness’. In addition to this research, he is currently writing a Dissertation titled ‘The Fields of Pay,’ which examines the dramatic effects that professionalization has had upon rugby in Wales since its adoption in 1995. Mr. Harris is currently an assistant coach for the Boston College Rugby Football Club, as well as a member of Boston RFC.
Colleen White is a Program Administrator at the Irish Institute of Boston College. She completed her B.A. in Linguistics at Boston College, and is currently working towards an MBA in Global Management. In 2008, she was selected as a member of the Young Ambassador to Northern Ireland initiative through the Friends of Saint Patrick Society. During the three-week program she met with top political and community leaders and completed a research project on the origins of political songs in the nineteenth century. Prior to joining the Irish Institute, Ms. White was a project manager and client relations specialist in the translation industry, handling all aspects of projects for U.S. and international clients such as General Electric, Proctor and Gamble, and FEMA.
Marc Landy, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
Marc Landy has a B.A from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. He is co-author of Presidential Greatness (Kansas U. Press, 2000) and the Environmental Protection Agency From Nixon to Clinton: Asking the Wrong Questions. He is an editor of Seeking the Center: Politics and Policymaking at the New Century (2001) and The New Politics of Public Policy. His textbook, American Government: Balancing Liberty and Democracy (co-authored with Sid Milkis) was published in 2003 from McGraw Hill.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students at Boston College, Professor Landy regularly gives presentations on American politics to public officials and educators from Ireland and Northern Ireland (on behalf of the Boston College Irish Institute). His recent articles include: “The Bush Presidency after 9/11: Shifting the Kaleidoscope” in the inaugural issue of the E Journal Forum, “Local Government and Environmental Policy,” in Martha Derthick ed., Dilemmas of Scale in American Federal Democracy (Cambridge U. Press 1999), and “The Politics of Risk Reform,” co-authored with Kyle Dell, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, Fall 1999.
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