Department of History

TownendOfficePaul Townend, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago (1999)
  • M.A., University of Chicago (1994)
  • B.A. Colgate University (1989)

Academic Interests

I research and write about modern Britain and Ireland with a particular focus on the 19th century, and the history of alcohol and temperance. I am particularly interested in the junctures between popular culture and politics, the development of Irish nationalism and social movements. My most recent research has focused on Ireland's place in the Atlantic World and the British Empire, especially the history of Irish anti-imperialism.

Courses Taught

  • HST 290: The Practice of History
  • HST 312: History of England 1485-1815
  • HST 313: History of England 1815-Present
  • HST 315: History of Modern Ireland
  • HST 316: British Empire and Commonwealth
  • HST 317: Northern Ireland from 1880
  • HST 416: Social Movements
  • HST 495: The Atlantic World

Significant Publications

  • The Road To Home Rule: Anti-Imperialism and the Irish National Movement University of Wisconsin Press (2016)
  • "Mathewite Temperance in Atlantic Perspective," in The Irish in the Atlantic World, ed. by David Gleeson, University of South Carolina Press (2010)
  • "No Imperial Privilege:" Justin McCarthy and the British Empire," Eire/Ireland (Summer 2007).
  • "Between Two Worlds: Irish Nationalists and Imperial Crisis, 1878-1880," Past and Present (February 2007).
  • Temperance, Father Mathew, and Irish Identity, Irish Academic Press (2002).
    Awarded the American Conference on Irish Studies James Donnelly award for 2003 (Best Irish history/social science book of 2002).