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Kevin O'Neill

associate professor

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Telephone: 617-552-3793

Office Location: Connolly House


Curriculum Vitae*


Ph.D., Brown University, 1979

Fields of Interest

Ireland; rural society; famine; Atlantic economy

Academic Profile

Professor O’Neill was the co-founder of the Irish Studies Program at Boston College. His research concentrates on the interaction of traditional agricultural societies and a growing world economy, with a special focus upon pre-famine Ireland. He is currently involved in a village-level study of popular and elite understandings of the social, gender, and economic dynamics involved in the commercialization of Irish society, 1750-1820.

Representative Publications

  •  “Pale and Dejected, Exhausted by the Waste of Sorrow: Courtship and the Expression of Emotion” in Sexed Sentiments. (Rodopi, 2011)
  • “Nation or Neighbourhood? Mary Leadbeater and Post-Rebellion Reform,” in Terry Brotherstone, Anna Clark, Kevin Whelan, eds., These Fissured Isles: Ireland, Scotland and British History, 1798-1848 (Tuckwell Press, 2005)
  • Family and Farm in Pre-famine Ireland: The Parish of Killeshandra (1984, 2003)
  • "'Woe to the oppressor of the poor!': Post-Rebellion Violence in Ballitore," in Thomas Bartlett, David Dickson, Daire Keogh, and Kevin Whelan, eds., 1798: A Bicentenary Perspective (2003)
  • "The Star-Spangled Shamrock: Memory and Meaning in Irish America," in Ian McBride, ed., History and Memory in Modern Ireland (2001)
  • "Mary Shackleton Leadbeater: Peaceful Rebel," in Daire Keogh and Nicholas Furlong, eds., The Women of 1798 (Dublin, 1998)
  • "Almost a Gentlewoman: Gender and Adolescence in the Diary of Mary Shackleton," in Mary O'Dowd and Sabine Wichert, eds., Chattel, Servant or Citizen: Women's Status in Church and State (Belfast 1995)
  • “Revisionist Milestone,” in Ciaran Brady, ed., Interpreting Irish History: The Debate on Historical Revisionism (Dublin, 1994)
  • "Looking at the Pictures: Art and Artfulness in Colonial Ireland," in Adele Dalsimer, ed., Visualizing Ireland: National Identity and the Pictorial Tradition (New York, 1993)


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