My research interests cover every aspect and time period of Irish and Northern Irish history and politics, including those represented in the courses I teach. My interest in Irish Studies began with Irish literature as an undergraduate student of Dr. Mary Power at UNM and continued at Trinity College in Dublin. I now also teach various aspects of Irish literature, including Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature.
Our Center is hosting the 2020 American Conference for Irish Studies in Houston on April 1-4, 2020. We are in ACIS South and it will run its regional conference in conjunction with the ACIS national conference.
Our Center for Irish Studies is a Center of Excellence at UST, with an undergraduate minor and a graduate concentration in Irish Studies. I teach in both areas. These courses are interdisciplinary, including Irish history, politics, literature, folklore, culture and traditions, and four courses of Irish language. Jonathan Ó Néill teaches Irish language and literature as part of our Irish Studies program. We also take students on study abroad to Ireland and Northern Ireland and we have students from Ireland and Northern Ireland study at UST through an exchange program and with Study USA and the British Council in Northern Ireland.
Our Center also hosts monthly cultural outreach programs during the academic year, open to the UST community and the public.
My heritage is Irish. I grew up in Northeastern New Mexico, where my great-grandparents from Donegal County, Ireland, settled.
My educational background is as follows:
University of New Mexico, BA, English and Journalism, 1980
Phi Beta Kappa
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature, 1981
on Rotary Foundation Scholarship
University of New Mexico Law School, 1984
Andrews & Kurth LLP, Houston, TX
1984-2002, lead partner of civil appellate section
University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, 2002 to present
UST William J. Flynn Center of Irish Studies, Director, 2003-present