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Professor Alvin Jackson

Richard Lodge Professor of History


Summary of research interests

  • Britain & Ireland
  • Ideas
  • Politics
  • Society
  • Eighteenth Century
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Twentieth Century & After

Research interests

My research interests lie in the field of modern Irish, Scottish and British history, and particularly in the political relationship between Britain and Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries.

I have written extensively on the Union, and on Irish Unionism. I have published over forty articles and essays and six books, including The Ulster Party, 1884-1911 (Oxford Historical Monographs: 1989), which won the ACIS Prize for Best First Book, and Ireland 1798-1998: Politics and War (Blackwell: 1999), which is now in its second edition and which was short-listed for the Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize (2000).

My The Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland, and the Survival of the United Kingdom, 1707-2007 (OUP: 2011) was shortlisted in Scotland for the Saltire Society’s Scottish History Book of the Year (2012) and for the Ewart-Biggs Irish Literary Prize (2013).

My most recent work is The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History (OUP: 2014), which brings together 36 scholars across a range of disciplines, and which charts some directions within historical studies on modern Ireland. 

In 2014 I was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to allow me to develop my work on comparative Union states.