Researcher profile


Professor Nicholas Canny


Introducing Nicholas Canny

Professor Nicholas Canny, a historian, is Director of the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies ( at National University of Ireland Galway, and is also President of the Royal Academy, 2008-11. He held the Established Chair of History, AT NUI, Galway, 1979-2009 and served there as Vice President for Research, 2005-8.

Canny's distinguished career

A Galway graduate, he took his Ph.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania supported by a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and studied also at the Institute for Historical Research of the University of London. He had held post-doctoral appointments at Harvard and Yale universities. at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, at the National Humanities Center, and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies. He was, Spring 2005, professeur invité at the École des Hautes Études, Paris and in 2005-6 Parnell Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene College Cambridge. He was in 1995, elected member of the Academia Europaea, in 2005 as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2007 as a Member of the American Philosophical Society.

  Author or editor of 9 books and author of 70 published papers

The author or editor of 9 books and author of 70 published papers, Nicholas Canny edited the first volume of The Oxford History of the British Empire . He has been awarded the Irish Historical Research prize of the National University of Ireland on two occasions (1976 and 2003) for books on the history of early modern Ireland. He is currently working on English and French writings on the Natural History of the West Indies, 1580-1720, and is, with Philip Morgan of Johns Hopkins University, editing a collection of 38 essays on the History of the Atlantic World, circa 1450- circa 1820 which will be published in 2011 by Oxford University Press.

Nicholas Canny

Professor Nicholas Canny