Professor of History
Oliver, a Jesuit priest, has taught at several universities and colleges in Britain and Ireland. He has also been a visiting professor in the United States, Korea and Australia. He has been an examiner at the Master’s and Doctorate level for London and Oxford universities; Trinity College, Dublin, the National University of Ireland, Galway; University College, Dublin, the National Council for Academic Awards, Dublin and the University of Western Australia. He has written or edited six books.
Irish Catholic Identities (paperback, 2015)
“The British government and the appointment of Tomás Ó Fiaich as Archbishop of Armagh” in Seanchas Ard Mhacha 25 (2014) pp. 27-62.
“The Tomistic revival and the relationship between the Jesuits and the papacy, 1878–1914” in theological studies 75:4 (2014) pp. 743-73.
“Introduction” to Damian Byrne (ed.) Irish Jesuit Chaplains in the First World War (Dublin, 2014) pp. 9-16.
(ed.), Irish Catholic Identities (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013).
“Embedded Memory, Conflict and the Churches in Ireland” in The Heythrop Journal 55:3 (2014) pp. 409-21.
“The Catholic Church, Violence and the Nationalist Struggles in Ireland, 1798-1998” in Gabriel Ricci (ed.), Religion and Violence [Religion and Public Life Series] (New Jersey: Transaction Publications, 2014), pp. 65-85.
“With God at their Side” The Tablet (London) 2 August 2014 pp. 6-7.
“The Great War and the Making of the 20th Century” America (New York) 21-28 July 2014 pp. 15-18.
Review of Robert A. Ventresca, Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pius XII in Irish Theological Quarterly 78:4 (2013), pp. 388-390.
Review of Clara Cullen and Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh (eds), His Grace is displeased: Selected Correspondence of John Charles McQuaid in Catholic Historical Review 99:3 (2013) pp. 579-81.
"The Catholic Church and the State in Northern Ireland" St. Mary’s University College Belfast, August 2015.
“Was there an Irish Liberation Theology” St Mary’s University College Belfast, August 2014.
“The Catholic Church in England in the 19th Century: The Irish Contribution” University of Winchester, March 2014.