School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Leading American historian joins School as Visiting Professor

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is delighted to announce that Professor Patrick Griffin has joined the School as a visiting professor. (Published 24 September, 2018)

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Professor Patrick Griffin (Image: University of Notre Dame)

One of the world’s leading scholars in transatlantic history has joined History at the University of Edinburgh as a visiting professor. Griffin, the Madden-Hennebry Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, became the director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies in January 2018. He is the author of numerous books, including ‘The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century’ (Yale University Press, 2017), and ‘The People with No Name: Ireland’s Ulster Scots, America’s Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World’ (Princeton University Press, 2001). 

Professor Griffin’s interests map very closely on two areas of world-class expertise in History, American and Irish history. He has a long record of successful interactions with our School, especially through the Global Dome PhD programme co-organised with Professor Frank Cogliano, Professor of American History.  His appointment will enable us to build this programme for the future, particularly in the fields of Atlantic history, early American history and global Irish history.

Professor Ewen A. Cameron, Head of School and Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History said, ‘I am truly delighted that Patrick Griffin is joining History at Edinburgh. His appointment allows our students and staff the wonderful opportunity to interact regularly with a scholar of great distinction.’

Professor Patrick Griffin said, ‘I am thrilled with the great honour of being affiliated with one of the world’s foremost universities. Each time I have given lectures at Edinburgh, met with faculty or worked with graduate students I see that the University of Edinburgh and its history department are considered pre-eminent for good reason. I am looking forward to working closely with my new colleagues for years to come.’

A visiting professorship is a distinction which is conferred on scholars who undergo a rigorous evaluation process and is considered equivalent to a full professorship at the University of Edinburgh. The School extends a very warm welcome to Professor Griffin.


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