Bobbie Nolan

Thesis title: Language and Identity among Irish migrants in London, Philadelphia and San Francisco, 1850-1920


Bobbie was awarded her PhD in History - on the Irish language and identity in the Irish diaspora between 1850 and 1920, focusing on London, Philadelphia and San Francisco - in April 2020. Prior to this, she graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 2012 with a BA in Irish Studies and from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with an MSc in History. Bobbie continues to be a member of the Modern Irish History Research Group at the University of Edinburgh.


B.A., MSc. PhD

Undergraduate teaching

Making of the Modern World: Tutor, 2016-18 

Current research interests

PhD title: 'Language and identity among Irish migrants in San Francisco, Philadelphia and London, 1850-1920'. My doctoral research explored migration from Ireland to three urban centres during the post-Famine era, focusing on the role of Irish language in the formation and maintenance of immigrant identity, and attitudes towards it.

Affiliated research centres


  • University of Notre Dame Graduate Student History Workshop, Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, May 2019
  • Cambridge-Edinburgh Graduate Workshop in Modern Irish History, University of Edinburgh. January 2019  
  • Modern History Research Centre’s People on the Move  Poster Exhibition,  University of Winchester. March 2018     
  • Ireland in the World Symposium, Trinity College Dublin. Nov. 2017
  • Global Irish Diaspora Congress, UCD. August 2017 
  • Cambridge-Edinburgh Modern Irish History Joint PhD Workshop, University of Edinburgh. December 2016