Dr. Niall Whelehan

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Niall Whelehan is an IRCHSS postdoctoral fellow in history. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, and has spent periods as a visiting scholar at New York University, the University of California, Berkeley, and Bielefeld University. His forthcoming monograph examines transformations in revolutionary violence in the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on Irish nationalism in transnational contexts. He is currently working on a comparative project that explores agrarian violence in Ireland and Italy during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.



The Dynamiters: Irish Nationalism and Political Violence in the Wider World, 1867-1900, Cambridge University Press, 2012.


· “Agrarian violence and labour in post-Famine Ireland”, Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, 37, (Summer 2012).

· Modern rebels? The terrorist paradigm and revolutionary violence in late-nineteenth century Europe and the United States”, in Claudia Verhoeven and Carola Dietze (eds.), Terrorism and Modernity, Oxford (2012).

· “‘Cheap as Soap and Common as Sugar’: The Fenians, Dynamite and Scientific Warfare”, in Fearghal McGarry and James McConnel (eds.), The Black Hand of Republicanism: Fenianism in Modern Ireland, Dublin (2009), pp. 105-120.

· “The Brooklyn Dynamite School”, History Ireland, 16/4, Nov 2008

· “Skirmishing, The Irish World and Empire,” Éire-Ireland, 42/1 & 2, 2007, 180-200.

· “Political Violence and Morality in Anarchist Theory and Practice: A Comparative look at Peter Kropotkin and Luigi Galliani”, Anarchist Studies, 13/2, 2005, 147-168.

Working Languages (in level of fluency): Italian, Spanish, Irish, French


Tel: +353-91-493905