Tim McMahon is associate professor of history at Marquette University. He is a social historian whose research looks at national identity, imperialism, and popular culture in modern Ireland and Britain.
Dr. McMahon is currently serving as President of the American Conference for Irish Studies. In 2018, he received the Way-Klingler Research Fellowship in the Humanities to support his ongoing research into identity along the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Previously, he was the Rev. William Neenan, S.J., Visiting Fellow at Boston College-Ireland, and in 2010 he was listed among the “Irish Education 100” by the Irish Voice newspaper as one of the leading Irish-American educators in the USA.
Dr. McMahon received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ph.D. Wisconsin, Madison 2001
At present he is co-editing a collection of essays entitled Ireland’s Imperial Cultures, 1800-1950, and writing a monograph tentatively entitled Éire Imperator: Ireland’s Imperial Ambivalence that interrogates the efforts of Irish men and women to build and manage the British Empire while others worked to undermine it.
He is secretary of the executive committee of the American Conference for Irish Studies and is a past president of the Midwest Region of the ACIS.
Ireland, Modern Britain, British empire
He is the author of Grand Opportunity: The Gaelic Revival and Irish Society, 1893-1910 (Syracuse, 2008) and editor of the memoir Pádraig Ó Fathaigh’s War of Independence: Recollections of a Galway Gaelic Leaguer (Cork, 2000), and he has published articles and book reviews in a variety of scholarly journals.