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Professor Joseph Lee

The Trinity Long Room Hub was delighted to welcome Professor Joe Lee from New York University as a Visiting Research Fellow.

Professor Lee is Glucksman Chair of Irish History and Professor of Irish Studies at New York University. Professor Lee’s research interests have included over the years nineteenth and twentieth century German, European, Irish, British, and most recently Irish-American history and politics, as well as historiography.

His books, The Modernization of Irish Society, 1848-1918 (Dublin, 1973, 2008) and the prize-winning Ireland, 1912-1985: Politics and Society (Dublin, 1989), now in its eleventh reprint, continue to generate lively debate. Professor Lee’s current research focuses on nineteenth-century Irish nationalist Michael Davitt, on nationalism, and on Irish and Irish-American historiography in a trans-national context.

Professor Lee served sixteen years as Chair of the Fulbright Commission for Ireland, 1980-96, and four years as an elected Independent member of the Irish Senate, and of the British-Irish Parliamentary Committee, from 1993-97. Elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1986, and an Eisenhower Fellow in 1989, he succeeded the inaugural director of Glucksman Ireland House, Professor Bob Scally, in 2002.

Under his directorship, Glucksman Ireland House established itself as a center for Irish-American oral history and started a new Master's Program in Irish & Irish-American Studies in 2007.

Professor Lee gave a public lecture on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 at 6.15pm titled 'Thinking Historically about the Decade of Commemorations' in the Trinity Long Room Hub.

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