The Irish Studies Program is an interdisciplinary field of study, offering an undergraduate minor to students interested in studying Ireland along with the worldwide Irish Diaspora and the contemporary integration of Ireland within globalized systems of political economy, international relations, travel and communication.

The Irish Studies Minor familiarizes students with a wide range of courses that explore Ireland and develop critical perspectives on its place in history and the contemporary world. Our faculty provides an interdisciplinary approach on a wide range of Irish topics from various fields of inquiry including History, Geography, Religious Studies, Political Science, Environmental Studies, and English. A number of study abroad programs offer courses that fulfill requirements towards the minor as well. Students need to complete six program-approved courses to meet the requirements for the Irish Studies Minor.


Mary McCain, PhD
Director of Irish Studies
Professional Lecturer in History, Catholic Studies and Religious Studies
University of Chicago

Eugene Beiriger, PhD
Associate Professor of History
University of Illinois at Chicago

James Fairhall, PhD
Associate Professor of English
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Euan Hague, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair of Geography
Syracuse University

Liam J. Heneghan, PhD
Professor of Environmental Science
University College Dublin (National University of Ireland)

Thomas Mockaitis, PhD
Professor of History
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Alex G. Papadopoulos, PhD
Associate Professor of Geography
University of Chicago

Barbara M. Schaffer, MAT
Washington University, St. Louis

Rachel E. Scott, PhD
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania

Erik R. Tillman, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science
Emory University