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Research interests

Over the last two decades, my research has focused on various aspects of the politiucal history of modern Ireland. My main focus ahs been on the closing years of the Irish Parliamentary Party. My first book considered the IPP during the third home rule episode and the Ulster crisis of 1913-14. My work since then has focused on particular aspects of the careers of John Redmond and his family, as well as Redmond's politics during the early years of the First World War. Building oin these themes, my current book project focuses on pro-war nationalist propaganda between 1914 and 1918 (funded my a Leverhulme fellowship during 2019-20). 

During the recent First World War centenary, I worked closely with the Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project on a series of projects about rhe 1914-18 conflict and the North East of England: 1. The Dominion Geordies project (funded by QUB's AHRC WW1 engagement centre); 2. The Geordie Doughboys project (funded by the US Embassy); and 3. The Tynemouth POW project (funded  by HLF). 



James McConnel is a historian of modern Ireland. He joined Northumbria University in 2008. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Ulster University between 2006 and 2008 and a research assistant at a number of British and Irish universities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Irish History, PhD, The View from the Backbench: Irish Nationalist MPs and their Work, 1910-1914, Durham University

1 Sept 19981 Dec 2002

Award Date: 30 Jun 2002

History, MA, Durham University

1 Sept 19971 Sept 1998

Award Date: 30 Jun 1998

History, BA (Hons), University of Sheffield

1 Jan 199330 Jun 1996

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996


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