Staff and Faculty
Thomas E. Hachey, Ph.D.
University Professor of History &
Executive Director Center for Irish Programs
Phone: +1 617-552-4787
Tom Hachey holds a distinguished chair at Boston College where he is University Professor of history and Executive Director of the Center for Irish Programs.
Prior to his current position, Tom was a member of the faculty at Marquette University for a period of thirty-six years, during which time he taught British and Irish history at the graduate and undergraduate levels, in addition to directing, from 1969 through 1979, the University’s Western Civilization program, a core course for entering freshmen. His work in the classroom earned him the all-University distinguished teaching award.
Professor Hachey is the author, or co-editor of eight books and has published several dozen articles for scholarly journals and/or chapters in various other books. His administrative assignments while at Marquette included twelve years as Director of the Bradley Institute for Democracy and Public Values; fourteen years as chairman of the department of history; and seven years as dean of the college of arts and sciences.
Hachey’s career has also included extensive service on behalf of the American Conference for Irish Studies, most notably as president of the mid-west chapter and as treasurer, vice president, and president of the national ACIS.
Professor Hachey’s current research focuses on the Northern Ireland issue in Anglo-Irish relations from the establishment of the Stormont Government in 1922 to its suspension in 1972. He is also researching the incremental disengagement of the Irish state from the British Commonwealth, 1932-1949.
Dr. Robert M. Mauro
Director, Irish Institute
Phone: +1 617-552-4503
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.
Associate Director, Irish Institute
Phone: +1 617-552-8697
Jim West is associate director of the Irish Institute. West is currently working towards a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration and a Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining the Irish Institute, West served as an administrator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the New Students Program and Office of Parent Services, and at the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness. He is a member of the Boston College Community Emergency Response Team and the Boston Medical Reserve Corps. In his spare time, West is a musician and was a member of the original London cast of the Tony and Emmy award-winning show, “Blast!”.
Assistant Director, Irish Institute
Phone: +1 617-552-8692
Arlene Brennan is assistant director at the Irish Institute. She completed a master’s degree in applied developmental and education psychology at Boston College, and is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo where her bachelor’s degree was in international relations and French. Her academic focus is on community education and social justice. Prior to joining the Irish Institute, Ms. Brennan coordinated international executive education programs at the Glavin Center for Global Management at Babson College.
Budget Coordinator, Irish Institute
Phone: +1 617-552-4646
Marc Landy, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
Phone: +1 617-552-4172
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.
Student Employees 2013-2014
Phone: +1 617-552-4503