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Kevin O'Neill

co-founder of bc's irish studies program and associate professor, department of history

Kevin O'Neill co-founded the Irish Studies program with the late Adele Dalsimer. He received his PhD from Brown University and his research now concentrates on the interaction of traditional agricultural societies and a growing world economy with a special focus upon pre-famine Ireland. Professor O'Neill's teaching interests include 18th and 19th Century social, economic and cultural history, with a specialization in famine studies, rural society, and popular politics.

Selected Publications:

  • “Nation or Neighbourhood? Mary Leadbeater and Post-Rebellion Reform” in These Fissured Isles: Ireland, Scotland and British History, 1798-1848, ed. Terry Brotherstone, Anna Clark, Kevin Whelan (2005)
  • ‘Woe to the oppressor of the poor!’ Post Rebellion Violence in Ballitore” in 1798: A Bicentenary Perspective, eds. Thomas Bartlett, David Dickson, Daire Keogh and Kevin Whelan (2003) 
  • “The Star Spangled Shamrock: Memory and Meaning in Irish America” in Meaning and Memory in Irish History ed. Ian MacBride (2001)
  • “Mary Shackleton Leadbeater: Peaceful Rebel” in The Women of 1798 ed. Daire Keogh and Nicholas Furlong (1998)
  • “Almost a Gentleman: Gender and Adolescence in the Diary of Mary Shackleton” in Chattel, Servant or Citizen, Women's Status in Church and State: Historical Studies XIX (1995) 
  • Family and Farm in Pre-Famine Ireland: The Parish of Killashandra (1984)


Connolly House 211
617-552-3793
kevin.oneill.1@bc.edu