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Gavin Foster, PhD

Irish history, School of Irish Studies


Gavin Foster, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5117

Gavin Foster (PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2009) is Associate Professor of modern Irish history in the School of Irish Studies, with a cross-appointment in History. He is a Core Member of Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and serves as History Reviews Editor for the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. His research has focused on republican political culture,revolutionary violence, social conflicts, class and social status, labour history, migration, and commemoration/memory themes in the Irish Revolution(1913-23), particularly its final Civil War phase and the early years of the Irish Free State. He has published articles and essays in the Field Day Review, Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, Éire-Ireland:Journal of Irish Studies, New Hibernia Review, History Ireland, and the Journal of the Old Athlone Society,and has contributed chapters to Kelly Matthews and John Countryman (eds.) The Country of the Young: Interpretations of Youth and Childhood in Irish Culture (Four Courts Press, 2013) and the forthcoming Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork University Press, 2017). His book, The Irish Civil War and Society: Politics, Class and Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) was awarded the 2015 James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences by the American Conference for Irish Studies. Funded by an FQRSC Établissement de nouveaux professeurs’ grant, Gavin’s current project uses oral history interviews to explore later-generation memory of the Irish Civil War and Irish revolutionary period both in Ireland and among the Irish Diaspora. The undergraduate courses Gavin teaches include the History of Ireland, The Great Irish Famine, The Irish Revolution,The Troubles in Northern Ireland, and Introduction to Irish Studies, plus seminars on History and Memory and interdisciplinary Research Methods. Gavin also supervises or works with PhD and MA students in History and in the interdisciplinary INDI and Humanities programs. He welcomes prospective graduate students and post-doctoral fellows interested in pursuing projects on modern Irish history (especially the early 20th century), including projects with a revolutionary studies,memory, or oral history dimension.

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