Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book

Former Prize Winners

2017

Hidetaka Hirota, Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy. Oxford University Press.

Peter D. O’Neill (Honorable Mention), Famine Irish and the American Racial State. Routledge.

2016

Peter Leary, Unapproved Routes: Histories of the Irish Border, 1922-1972. Oxford University Press.

2015

Nels Pearson, Irish Cosmopolitanism: Location and Dislocation in James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen, and Samuel Beckett. University Press of Florida.

Cian T. McMahon (Honorable Mention), The Global Dimensions of Irish Identity: Race, Nation, and the Popular Press, 1840-1880. University of North Carolina Press.

2014

Nicholas Wolf, An Irish-Speaking Island: State, Religion, Community, and the Linguistic Landscape in Ireland, 1770-1870. University of Wisconsin Press.

2013

Benjamin Bankhurst, Ulster Presbyterians and the Scots Irish Diaspora, 1750-1764. Palgrave Macmillan.

2012

Claire Connolly, A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829. Cambridge University Press.

2011

Lee A. Smithey, Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland. Oxford University Press.

2010

Sean D. Moore, Swift, the Book and the Irish Financial Revolution. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Michael Rubenstein (Honorable Mention), Public Works: Infrastructure, Irish Modernism, and the Postcolonial. University of Notre Dame Press.

2009

Padhraig Higgins, A Nation of Politicians:  Gender, Patriotism, and Political Culture in Late Eighteenth-Century Ireland. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press.

2008

Ray Cashman, Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border: Characters and Community. Indiana University Press.

Willeen Keough (Honorable Mention), The Slender Thread: Irish Women on the Southern Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, 1750-1860. Columbia University Press.

2007

James M. Smith, Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries and the Nation’s Architecture of Containment. University of Notre Dame Press.

Paige Reynolds (Honorable Mention), Modernism Drama, and the Audience for Irish Spectacle. Cambridge University Press.

2006

Heather Clark, The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast, 1962-1972. Oxford University Press.

2005

Kyla Madden, Forkhill Protestants and Forkhill Catholics, 1787-1858. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

George Cinclair Gibson (Honorable Mention), Wake Rites: The Ancient Irish Rituals of Finnegans Wake. University Press of Florida.

2004

Joseph Lennon, Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History. Syracuse University Press.

2003

Colin Barr, Paul Cullen, John Henry Newman, and the Catholic University of Ireland, 1845-1865. University of Notre Dame Press.

2002

Susan Canon Harris, Gender and Modern Irish Drama. Indiana University Press.

2001

David Gleeson, The Irish in the South. University of North Carolina Press.

2000

Sean Farrell, Rituals and Riots: Sectarian Violence and Political Culture in Ulster, 1784-1886. University Press of Kentucky.

1999

Margot Gayle Backus, The Gothic Family Romance: Heterosexuality, Child Sacrifice, and the Anglo-Irish Colonial Order. Duke University Press.