Professor Enda Delaney (MA, PhD)

Professor of Modern History


Enda Delaney is a Professor at the University of Edinburgh, where he holds a Chair in Modern History.

Born (1971) and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he was educated at Maynooth University and Queen’s University Belfast.

Having previously held posts at a number of British and Irish universities, he joined the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and was promoted to Professor of Modern History in 2015.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

Undergraduate teaching

  • Britain, Ireland and Empire, c.1800-2000 (Level 2 Survey)
  • Immigration and Ethnicity in Modern Britain (Honours Elective)
  • The Great Irish Famine, 1845-1852: Hunger, Modernity and Exile (Honours Elective)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Human Empire? A History of the Anthropocene (Honours Elective)
  • Becoming Modern: Society and Culture in Ireland since 1780 (Final Year Special Subject)

Postgraduate teaching

  • Diaspora, Migration and Exile: The History of the Global Irish since 1600

Current PhD students supervised

  • Mason, Sarah. PhD. Women's Responses to Communal Militancy in West Belfast, 1975-1985. Joint
  • Wheeler, Christopher. PhD. The Influence of Irish Catholic Immigrants on New York City Politics, 1840-1860. Joint
  • Coffey, Niamh. PhD. Emigrant Irish Women and Dundee’s Textile Industry, 1845-1922. Joint (with Strathclyde)
  • Farrell,  Saul. PhD. The Gaelic League and the Irish Nation State, 1893-1922. Primary
  • Northcote, Callum. PhD. For King and Republic: Former British Servicemen and the Republican Movement. Secondary

Past PhD students supervised

  • Fletcher, Abigail. PhD. From Partition to Decriminalisation: Homosexuality in Northern Ireland 1921-1982. Joint. Completed 2023
  • Lively, Anna. PhD. Revolutionary Reverberations: Russia and Ireland in War and Revolution, 1905-1923. Primary. Completed 2022
  • Nolan, Bobbie. PhD. Language and Identity among Irish Migrants in San Francisco, Philadelphia and London, 1850-1920. Primary. Completed 2020
  • Doughty, Roseanna. PhD. Representations of the Troubles within the British Media, 1973-1997. Joint. Completed 2019
  • Clark, Stuart. PhD. The Scots in Ireland under the Union: The Boundaries of Britishness, c.1800-1925.. Joint. Completed 2019
  • Bateson, Catherine. PhD. The Culture and Sentiments of Irish American Civil War Songs. Primary. Completed 2018
  • Curran, Joseph. PhD. Civil Society in the Stateless Capital: Charity and Authority in Dublin and Edinburgh, c.1815-c.1845. Primary. Completed 2018
  • Cooper, Sophie. PhD. Irish Migrant Identities and Community Life in Melbourne and Chicago, 1840-1890. Primary. Completed 2017
  • Watson, Iain. PhD. Changed Lives, Flexible Identities and Adaptable Responses: A Comparative History of post-1950 Scottish Migrants in New Zealand and Hong Kong. Primary. Completed 2017
  • Phemister, Andrew. PhD. ‘Our American Aristotle’: Henry George and the Republican Tradition during the Transatlantic Irish Land War, 1877-1887. Joint. Completed 2017
  • Varricchio, Mario . PhD. From the Mother Country: Oral Narratives of British Emigration to the United States, 1860-1940. Secondary. Completed 2012

Research summary

Modernity in comparative historical contexts; history of human cognition and culture; modern Ireland, including the diaspora, since 1750.


  • Britain & Ireland
  • Europe


  • Comparative & Global History


  • Eighteenth Century
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Twentieth Century & After

The list below is a subset of the information held on the University of Edinburgh PURE system, and includes Books, Chapters, Articles and Conference contributions. For a full list, including details of other publication types (e.g. reviews), please see the Edinburgh Research Explorer page for Professor Enda Delaney.

Books - Authored

Delaney, E. (2014) The Great Irish Famine: A History in Four Lives. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan

Delaney, E. (2012) The Curse of Reason: The Great Irish Famine. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan

Delaney, E. (2007) The Irish in post-war Britain. Oxford: Oxford University PressDOI:

Delaney, E. (2002) Irish emigration since 1921. Dublin: Economic and Social History Society of Ireland

Delaney, E. (2000) Demography, state and society: Irish migration to Britain, 1921-1971. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press

Books - Edited

Delaney, E., McGarry, F. and Graham, T. (eds.) (2019) The Irish Revolution 1919 -21: A Global History (History Ireland Special Volume). Dublin: Wordwell

Delaney, E. and Mac Suibhne , B. (eds.) (2015) Ireland’s Great Famine and Popular Politics. New York: RoutledgeDOI:

Delaney, E. and MacRaild, D. (eds.) (2007) Irish Migration, Networks and Ethnic Identities Since 1750. London: Routledge

Comerford, R. and Delaney, E. (eds.) (2000) Reflections on Daniel O'Connell and Contemporary Ireland. Wolfhound Press


Delaney, E. (2020) ‘There but for the grace of God go I’: Middle-class Catholic responses to Ireland's Great Famine. The English Historical Review (EHR), 135(577), pp. 1433–1460DOI:

Delaney, E. and O'Neill, C. (2016) Introduction: Beyond the nation. Eire-Ireland, 51(1-2), pp. 7-13DOI:

Delaney, E. (2011) Directions in historiography Our island story? Towards a transnational history of late modern Ireland. Irish Historical Studies, 37(148), pp. 599-621

Delaney, E. (2011) Anti-communism in Mid-Twentieth-Century Ireland. The English Historical Review (EHR), CXXVI(521), pp. 878-903DOI:

Delaney, E. (2011) Our Island Story? Towards a Transnational History of late Modern Ireland. Irish Historical Studies, XXXVII(148), pp. 599-621

Delaney, E. (2006) The Irish diaspora. Irish Economic and Social History, 33, pp. 35-45

Delaney, E. (2005) Irish migration, networks and ethnic identities since 1750: an introduction. Immigrants and Minorities, 23 (2-3), pp. 127-42DOI:

Delaney, E. (2005) Transnationalism, networks and emigration from post-war Ireland. Immigrants and Minorities, 23 (2-3), pp. 425-46DOI:

Delaney, E. (2001) Political Catholicism in post-war Ireland: The Revd Denis Fahey and Maria Duce, 1945-54. The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 52(3), pp. 487-511DOI:

Delaney, E. (2001) Irish migration to Britain, 1939-1945 [documents and sources]. Irish Economic and Social History, 28, pp. 47-71

Delaney, E. (1999) "Almost A Class of Helots in an Alien Land": The British State and Irish Immigration, 1921-1945. Immigrants and Minorities, 18 (2-3), pp. 240-265DOI:

Delaney, E. (1998) State, Politics and Demography: The Case of Irish Emigration 1921-71'. Irish Political Studies, 13, pp. 25-49DOI:

Delaney, E. (1998) The Churches and Irish Emigration to Britain, 1921-60'. Archivium Hibernicum, 52, pp. 98-114


Delaney, E. (2018) Immigration to Scotland since 1945: The Global Context. In: Devine, T. and McCarthy, A. (eds.) New Scots: Scotland’s Immigrant Communities since 1945. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 252-262

Delaney, E. (2018) Making Good Citizens: Ireland under the Union, 1801-1921. In: Ellis, S. (ed.) Enfranchising Ireland: Identity, Citizenship and State. Royal Irish Academy

Delaney, E. (2016) Diaspora. In: Bourke, R. and McBride, I. (eds.) The Princeton History of Modern Ireland. Princeton; Woodstock: Princeton University Press, pp. 490-508DOI:

Delaney, E. (2014) Ireland's Great Famine: A transnational history. In: Whelehan, N. (ed.) Transnational Perspectives on Modern Irish History. New York; Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 106-126

Delaney, E. (2014) Placing postwar Irish migration to Britain in a comparative European perspective, 1945-198l. In: The Irish Diaspora. Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 331-356

Delaney, E. (2014) Migration and Diaspora. In: Jackson, A. (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History. Oxford University Press

Delaney, E. (2011) Modernity, the Past and Politics in Post-war Ireland. In: Hachey, T. (ed.) Turning Points in Twentieth Century Irish History. Irish Academic Press, pp. 103-118

Delaney, E. (2010) Narratives of Exile and Displacement: Irish Catholic Emigrants and the National Past, 1850 -1914. In: Dooley, T. (ed.) Ireland's Polemical Past: Views of Irish History in Honour of R.V Comerford. University College Dublin Press, pp. 102-22

Delaney, E. and MacRaild, D. (2007) Irish migration, networks and ethnic identities since 1750: An Introduction. In: Delaney, E. and MacRaild, D. (eds.) Irish Migration, Networks and Ethnic Identities since 1750. London: Routledge, pp. vii-xxii

Delaney, E. (2007) Transnationalism, networks and emigration from post-war Ireland. In: Delaney, E. and MacRaild, D. (eds.) Irish Migration, Networks and Ethnic Identities since 1750. London: Routledge, pp. 276-297

Delaney, E. (2005) Emigration, political cultures and the evolution of post-war Irish society. In: Murphy, B. (ed.) The age of Lemass: Ireland, 1945-1973. UCD Press, pp. 49-65

Delaney, E. (2004) Diaspora: The Irish in Britain. In: Donnelly, J. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Irish History and Culture - Vol 1.Macmillan Gale Reference, pp. 469-42

Delaney, E. (2004) Emigration and Immigration since 1950. In: Donnelly, J. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Irish History and Culture - Vol 1. Macmillan Gale Reference, pp. 141-2

Delaney, E. (2004) The vanishing Irish? The exodus from Ireland in the 1950s. In: Keogh, D., O'Shea, F. and Quinlan, C. (eds.) A lost decade? Emigration, culture and society in Ireland in the 1950s. Mercier Press, pp. 77-89

Delaney, E. (2003) Famine refugees. In: Lalor, B. (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Gill and Macmillan, pp. 373

Delaney, E. (2003) The Irish diaspora. In: Lalor, B. (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Gill and Macmillan, pp. 294-6

Delaney, E. (2001) Gender and twentieth-century Irish migration, 1921-1971. In: Sharpe, P. (ed.) Women, gender and labour migration: historical and global perspectives. Routledge, pp. 209-223

Delaney, E. (2000) Placing Post-war Irish Migration to Britain in a Comparative European Perspective, 1945-1981. In: Bielenberg, A. (ed.) The Irish Diaspora. Longman: Harlow, pp. 331-56