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Dr. Jane G. V. McGaughey, PhD

Johnson Chair of Québec and Canadian Irish Studies
Diaspora Studies, School of Irish Studies

Dr. Jane G. V. McGaughey, PhD

Jane G. V. McGaughey is the Johnson Chair of Québec and Canadian Irish Studies (2021-26).  She joined the School of Irish Studies at Concordia in 2012 as the Assistant Professor of Irish Diaspora Studies.  She completed her Ph.D. at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2008.  Her first book, Ulster's Men: Protestant Unionist Masculinities and Militarization in the North of Ireland, 1912-1923 was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2012.  She was a co-editor of Ireland and Masculinities in History (Palgrave, 2019).

Her second monograph, Violent Loyalties: Manliness, Migration, and the Irish in Canadas, 1798-1841, was published with Liverpool University Press in 2020.  This was the first dedicated history of Irish male migration to Canada, questioning the validity of the "wild Irish" stereotype in Canada in the decades before the Great Irish Famine, and examining connections between the Irish Rising of 1798 and the Canadian Rebellions of 1837-38.

Prior to her arrival at Concordia, Dr McGaughey taught at the Royal Military College of Canada and was the 2009-10 National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellow at the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Since 2022, Dr McGaughey has written and hosted the popular podcast, The Irish in Canada, providing short, exciting episodes about the lives of Irish immigrants and their Canadian descendants.  Episodes have included examinations of Grace Marks, Captain Francis Crozier, Colonel James FitzGibbon, and the "Ghost of Griffintown."  The third season of the podcast will debut in March 2024.  All episodes are available for downloading through Apples Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and through the show's website:


Teaching activities


In 2023-24, Dr McGaughey will be teaching The Irish in Canada (IRST210/HIST212), Sexualities in the Irish Diaspora (IRST304), and The Global Irish (IRST303).

Thesis supervision

She is interested in supervising graduate students engaged in research in the cultural and social history of the Irish in Canada, America, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and other areas of the Irish Diaspora.  Students with an interest in the history of gender (masculinity as well as femininity), warfare, sexuality, violence, remembrance, the body, imperialism, institutionalisation, religion, or migration are welcomed.

Research activities

Current research

Dr. McGaughey’s research interests include: the Irish Diaspora in Canada, Newfoundland, America, and Britain; themes of Irish migration, gender, sexualities, violence, imperialism, and mental health; and various portrayals of Ireland and the Irish abroad in popular culture.

She is currently the Principal Investigator of the SSHRC Insight Grant project, "Mothers in the Time of Cholera: Motherhood, Migration, and Pandemics in the Canadian Colonial Medical System, 1817-1867".

Most recently, she was the Canada-UK Foundation and Eccles Centre Fellow in Canadian Studies at the British Library (2022) and the Principal Investigator of the Gender, Migration, and Madness Research Project


Books (Single-Authored)


Violent Loyalties: Manliness, Migration, and the Irish in the Canadas, 1798 – 1841 (Liverpool University Press, 2020)


Ulster’s Men: Protestant Unionist Masculinities and Militarization in the North of Ireland 1912 – 1923 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012)

Books (Co-Authored/Co-Edited)

Walker, Thomas, Jane McGaughey, Victoria Kelly, and Gabrielle Machnik-Kekesi (eds.), Migration in the Face of Emerging Risks: Historical Case Studies, New Paradigms, and Future Directions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023)

Walker, Thomas, Jane McGaughey, Sherif Goubran & Nadra Wagdy (eds.), Innovations in Social Finance: Transitioning Beyond Economic Value (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)


Barr, Rebecca, Sean Brady & Jane G. V. McGaughey (eds.), Ireland and Masculinities in History:From the Sixteenth Century to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)



Peer-Reviewed Articles/Journal Editorships


McGaughey, Jane, Giselle Gonzalez Garcia, Gabrielle Machnik-Kekesi, and Thomas Walker, “Consequently, few recoveries will take place”: Treating the Irish in Canadian Colonial Lunatic Asylums, 1841-1854” (revise and resubmit with the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies)


Editor, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 43 (2021)


“Using masculinities as a paradigm for the history of the Irish Revolution” in “Irish Revolutionary Masculinities: Special Issue,” Jennifer Redmond, ed., Irish Studies Review 29, 2 (May 2021): 257-262.


“Dismemberment at Windmill Point: Violence, Manliness, and the Irish in Upper Canada”, Ontario History, Volume CX, No. 1 (Autumn 2018), 35-58.


Holy Heritage: Covenanters in the Atlantic World,special edition of the Journal of Transatlantic Studies, co-editor,Volume 11, Issue 2 (May 2013).


“The Covenanter Sensibility Across the Long Atlantic World”: 125-134.

“No Surrender?  The Legacy of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant”: 213-230.


“The Language of Sacrifice: Masculinities in Northern Ireland and the Consequences of War, 1916-1922”,Patterns of Prejudice: Special Edition –War and the Body, Volume 46, Nos. 3-4 (July/September 2012): 299-317.


“Blood-debts and Battlefields: Ulster Imperialism and Masculine Authority on the Western Front1916-1918”, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 20, 2 (2009): 3-27.



Chapters in Edited Collections


“Men of Suvla: Empire, Masculinities and Gallipoli’s Legacy in Ireland and Newfoundland” in The Great War: From Memory to History, Kellen Kurschinski, Steve Marti, Alicia Robinet, Matt Symes, and Jonathan F. Vance, eds. (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2015), 127-150.


“Standing on Guard?  History, Identity, and the Quandaries of Citizenship Education in Canada” in Civic Pedagogies in Higher Education:Teaching for Democracy in Europe, Canada and the USA, Jason Laker, Kornelija Mrnjaus and Concepción Naval, eds. (Palgrave, 2014), 102-131.


“Fighting in the Shadow: British and American Cultural Influences on Canadian Military Manhood” in Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities, Jason Laker, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2011), 163-183.


“Arming the Men: Ulster Unionist Masculinities and the Third Home Rule Crisis” in Irish Studies in Britain: New Perspectives on History and Literature, Brian Griffin and Ellen McWilliams, eds. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing,2010), 60-71.





The Irish in Canada – Creator, Researcher, Writer, and Presenter (2022- )

§  Season 1, Episode 1: “Introductions”

§  Season 1, Episode 2: “Grace Marks”

§  Season 1, Episode 3: “The 1832 Cholera Epidemic”

§  Season 1, Episode 4: “Orange Beginnings”

§  Season 1, Episode 5: “The Gowans”

§  Season 1, Episode 6: “I Love A Man In Uniform”

§  Season 1, Episode 7: “The Shiners”

§  Season 1, Episode 8: “The Gender, Migration, and Madness Project”

§  Season 1, Episode 9: “The Ghost of Griffintown”

§  Season 2, Episode 1: “Captain Crozier”

§  Season 2, Episode 2: “Irish Nellie”

§  Season 2, Episode 3: “Edmund Bailey O’Callaghan”

§  Season 2, Episode 4: “The Battle of the Windmill”

§  Season 2, Episode 5: “The Execution of Thomas Scott”

§  Season 2, Episode 6: “The Body of Mary Boyd”


Newspaper and Online Articles:


Gender, Migration & Madness: Treating the Irish in Canadian Colonial Lunatic Asylums

            “Sidelined,”17 June 2022

            “Not Feeling ‘Excel’lent,” 3 February 2022

            “The Brothers Douglas,” 20 January 2022

            “Prioritizing Propensities,” 3 December 2021

            “Game, Dataset, Match!” 6 November 2021

            “The Season of the Grant,” 30 October 2021

            “Archival Love,” 8 October 2021

            “‘You-Know-Who’,”25 September 2021

            “Foucault-ed,”6 September 2021

            “How This All Began, or ‘Thank You, Margaret Atwood’,” 12 August 2021



“Protestant Unionist Masculinities and the Orange Order in Canada,” RTÉ – Century Ireland, ‘Global Irish Revolution,’ 5 April 2020,


“The Other 1916,” Conference of Irish Historians in Britain, 23 June 2016,


“The New Irish diaspora.  In the wake of the post-Celtic Tiger bust,Ireland’s young and adventurous are moving here,” The Gazette, 15 March2013, A23.

Works in Progress

The Body of Mary Boyd: Sex, Death, and Scandal in a North American City

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability (co-editor with Thomas Walker, Meaghan Landrigan-Buttle, and Victoria Kelly)

Emerging Risk Management (co-editor with Thomas Walker and Xiaobo Mu)

"Asylum Trauma and Archives of Feelings: Tracing Histories of Emotions and Irishness at Canadian Colonial Lunatic Asylums and Immigrant Hospitals"

"Diagnosing 'Deviant' Irish Sexualities in Canadian Colonial Lunatic Asylums, 1847-1870"

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