About Aidan Beatty

I’m a historian from Galway, Ireland and studied at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Chicago. My research focuses on Irish and British History, Jewish and Israeli History, Masculinity, Nationalism, Race, and Capitalism and Socialism. m a lecturer in the History Department at Carnegie Mellon University and have previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Wayne State University and the University of Chicago. I’ve also held postdoctoral positions at Concordia University in Montreal (from 2015-16) and at Trinity College Dublin (2016-17). My first book, Masculinity and Power in Irish Nationalism, was published in 2016 and was awarded the prize for best history book of the year by the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS). My second book, Private Property and the Fear of Social Chaos, was published with Manchester University Press in early 2023 and I’m now finishing a book for Pluto Press on the British Trotskyist group The Workers Revolutionary Party and their Irish-born leader, Gerry Healy, to be published in late 2024. I currently serve as Vice-President of ACIS, on a term from 2023-25. From 2025-27, I will be president of ACIS. I’ve had peer-reviewed work published in the Journal of Modern History, Irish Historical Studies and the Journal of Jewish Studies and have written for the Irish Times, Jacobin and the Washington Post. I’ve been a guest editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research and the Radical History Review and am currently co-editing a special issue of the Irish Studies Review focusing on Irish Capitalism. I am also the co-editor of Irish Questions and Jewish Questions, published with Syracuse University Press in 2018.

Aidan Beatty teaches in the history department at Carnegie Mellon University.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Aidan:

Renée Fox, "The Necromantics: Reanimation, the Historical Imagination, and Victorian British and Irish Literature" (Ohio State UP, 2023)

January 27, 2024

The Necromantics

Renée Fox
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

The Necromantics: Reanimation, the Historical Imagination, and Victorian British and Irish Literature (Ohio State UP, 2023) dwells on the literal afte…

Patrick R. O'Malley, "The Irish and the Imagination of Race: White Supremacy Across the Atlantic in the Nineteenth Century" (U Virginia Press, 2023)

January 11, 2024

The Irish and the Imagination of Race

Patrick R. O'Malley
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Patrick R. O'Malley's book The Irish and the Imagination of Race: White Supremacy Across the Atlantic in the Nineteenth Century (U Virginia Press, 202…

Huw Bennett, "Uncivil War: The British Army and the Troubles, 1966–1975" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

December 22, 2023

Uncivil War

Huw Bennett
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Huw Bennett is a Reader in International Relations at Cardiff Unviersity. He specializes in strategic studies, the history of war, and intelligence s…

Seán Creagh, "The Wolfhounds of Irish-American Nationalism: A History of Clan Na Gael, 1867-Present" (Peter Lang, 2023)

November 20, 2023

The Wolfhounds of Irish-American Nationalism

Seán Creagh
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

As Ireland's oldest revolutionary movement and America's oldest transatlantic nationalist organization this is the first book covering the entire hist…

Elizabeth DeYoung, "Power, Politics and Territory in the ‘New Northern Ireland’" (Liverpool UP, 2023)

November 11, 2023

Power, Politics and Territory in the ‘New Northern Ireland’

Elizabeth DeYoung
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

In the wake of the Good Friday Agreement, the redevelopment of the former Girdwood Army Barracks in North Belfast was hailed as a ‘symbol of hope’ for…

James V. Fenelon, "Indian, Black and Irish: Indigenous Nations, African Peoples, European Invasions, 1492-1790" (Routledge, 2023)

October 28, 2023

Indian, Black and Irish

James V. Fenelon
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

In this interview James Fenelon discusses his new book entitled Indian, Black and Irish: Indigenous Nations, African Peoples, European Invasions, 1492…

Lynsey Black, "Gender and Punishment in Ireland: Women, Murder and the Death Penalty, 1922-64" (Manchester UP, 2022)

June 27, 2023

Gender and Punishment in Ireland

Lynsey Black
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Dr Lynsey Black is a lecturer in criminology, in the School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University. She researches in the areas of gender and pun…

Jason Knirck, "Democracy and Dissent in the Irish Free State: Opposition, Decolonization, and Majority Rights" (Manchester UP, 2023)

April 2, 2023

Democracy and Dissent in the Irish Free State

Jason Knirck
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Jason Knirck is the chair of the History Department at Central Washington University. He is a modern Irish historian who also teaches British and west…

Andrew Phemister, "Land and Liberalism: Henry George and the Irish Land War" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

March 20, 2023

Land and Liberalism

Andrew Phemister
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Andrew Phemister is Research Associate at Newcastle University. He has previously held postdoctoral positions in History at NUI Galway, the University…

Mary M. Burke, "Race, Politics, and Irish America: A Gothic History" (Oxford UP, 2023)

December 26, 2022

Race, Politics, and Irish America

Mary M. Burke
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

In this interview, she discusses her book, Race, Politics, and Irish America: A Gothic History (Oxford UP, 2023), which inserts successive Irish-Ameri…

Justin Dolan Stover, "Enduring Ruin: Environmental Destruction During the Irish" (U College Dublin Press, 2022)

December 25, 2022

Enduring Ruin

Justin Dolan Stover
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Justin Dolan Stover is Associate Professor of transnational European history at Idaho State University, where he teaches courses on war and violence, …

Catherine Bateson, "Irish American Civil War Songs: Identity, Loyalty, and Nationhood" (Louisiana UP, 2022)

December 14, 2022

Irish American Civil War Songs

Catherine V. Bateson
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Dr Catherine Bateson is Associate Lecturer of American History at the University of Kent. She researches and writes about the role of song in the Amer…

Aidan Enright, "Charles Owen O'Conor, the O'Conor Don: Landlordism, Liberal Catholicism and Unionism in Nineteenth-Century Ireland" (Four Courts, 2022)

November 24, 2022

Charles Owen O'Conor, the O'Conor Don

Aidan Enright
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Aidan Enright holds a PhD in History from Queen’s University Belfast and is an Associate Researcher and Part-Time Lecturer in History at Leeds Beckett…

Robert J. Savage, "Northern Ireland, the BBC, and Censorship in Thatcher's Britain, 1979-1990" (Oxford UP, 2022)

November 21, 2022

Northern Ireland, the BBC, and Censorship in Thatcher's Britain, 1979-1990

Robert J. Savage
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Robert J. Savage is a professor in the Boston College History Department and served as one of the directors of the University’s Irish Studies program …

Dieter Reinisch, "Learning behind Bars: How IRA Prisoners Shaped the Peace Process in Ireland" (U Toronto Press, 2022)

November 18, 2022

Learning behind Bars

Dieter Reinisch
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Dieter Reinisch is a Government of Ireland Irish Research Council Fellow in the School of Political Science and Sociology, University of Galway, and a…

Timothy Murtagh, "Irish Artisans and Radical Politics, 1776-1820: Apprenticeship to Revolution" (Liverpool UP, 2022)

November 1, 2022

Irish Artisans and Radical Politics, 1776-1820

Timothy Murtagh
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Tim Murtagh completed his PhD at Trinity College Dublin. He was a historical consultant on the Dublin Tenement Museum at No. 14 Henrietta Street and …

Síobhra Aiken, "Spiritual Wounds: Trauma, Testimony and the Irish Civil War" (Irish Academic Press, 2022)

August 19, 2022

Spiritual Wounds

Síobhra Aiken
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Siobhra Aiken teaches in the Department of Irish and Celtic Studies at Queens University Belfast. Her research interests include modernist Irish-lang…

Niall Whelehan, "Changing Land: Diaspora Activism and the Irish Land War" (NYU Press, 2021)

July 13, 2022

Changing Land

Niall Whelehan
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Niall Whelehan is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Strathclyde, where he focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the…

James Stafford, "The Case of Ireland: Commerce, Empire and the European Order, 1750-1848" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

June 30, 2022

The Case of Ireland

James Stafford
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

James Stafford teaches at Columbia University, where he specializes in the political and intellectual history of Ireland, Britain and Western Europe s…

Andrew Sneddon, "Representing Magic in Modern Ireland: Belief, History, Culture" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

June 21, 2022

Representing Magic in Modern Ireland

Andrew Sneddon
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Andrew Sneddon is a Lecturer in International History at Ulster University. His research explores Irish witchcraft, magic and the supernatural in a co…

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile, "Collecting Music in the Aran Islands: A Century of History and Practice" (U Wisconsin Press, 2021)

March 18, 2022

Collecting Music in the Aran Islands

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Deirdre Ní Chonghaile is a writer, musician, broadcaster, and curator from the Aran Islands. Working bilingually in Irish and English, she is drawn to…

Lili Zách, "Imagining Ireland Abroad, 1904–1945: Conceiving the Nation, Identity, and Borders in Central Europe" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)

March 2, 2022

Imagining Ireland Abroad, 1904–1945

Lili Zách
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Lili Zách is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Studies at ELTE (Eötvös Loránd University) in Budapest and has previously taught at Maynoo…

Camilla Fitzsimons et al., "Repealed: Ireland's Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Justice" (Pluto Press, 2021)

January 27, 2022


Camilla Fitzsimons, Ruth Coppinger and Sinéad Kennedy
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Camilla Fitzsimons is an activist and a member of the Dublin West Pro Choice group. She works at Maynooth University and is the author of Community Ed…

Nicholas Canny, "Imagining Ireland's Pasts: Early Modern Ireland Through the Centuries" (Oxford UP, 2021)

January 19, 2022

Imagining Ireland's Pasts

Nicholas Canny
Hosted by Aidan Beatty

Nicholas Canny is an Emeritus Professor at the National University of Ireland-Galway (NUIG). Since completing his PhD at the University of Pennsylvan…