Caoimhín De Barra is a native of Ireland who joined the history faculty at Gonzaga University in the fall of 2018. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 2014 and was previously employed as the assistant professor of Irish history and culture at Drew University in New Jersey.
Caoimhín’s main research interest is in the relationship between language and identity, as part of a broader focus on the history of nationalism. He has taught courses on British, Irish and European history, in addition to courses on imperialism and nationalism. His first book The Coming of the Celts, A.D. 1860: Celtic Nationalism in Wales and Ireland was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2018. His second book, Gaeilge: A Radical Revolution, was published in 2019. In this work, Caoimhín examines the complicated relationship between Irish identity and the Irish language, and proposes how Irish could be revived in a meaningful way.