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Padraic C. Kennedy
Department of History and Political Science 791 Spring Lane

York College York, PA 17403


Country Club Road (781) 608-5358

York, PA 17403


(717) 815-1405

email: pkennedy@ycp.edu


Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of History & Political Science

York College of Pennsylvania



Education: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

M.A., 1992; Ph.D., 1996



Dissertation: "Political Policing in a Liberal Age: Britain's Responses to the Fenian Movement, 18581868."

Supervisor: Professor Richard W. Davis


DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana

B.A., magna cum laude, 1987


Employment: Associate Professor, Department of History & Political Science

York College of Pennsylvania

2005-
Visiting Adjunct Professor, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

2004-2005



Assistant Professor, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana


1999-2004
Publications: “’The Indispensible Informer:’ Daniel O’Sullivan Goula and the Phoenix Society, 1858-9,” in Éire-Ireland, Vol XLV, No. 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2010)
“’Underhand Dealing with the Papal Authorities:’ Disraeli’s Search for a Liberal Romanist Conspiracy to Disestablish the Church of Ireland,” in Public Life and Public Lives: Politics and Religion in Modern British History, a special volume of Parliamentary History, Vol. 27, No. 1 (2008).
“The Secret Service Department: A British Intelligence Bureau in Mid-Victorian London, September 1867 to April 1868,” in Intelligence and National Security Vol. 18, No. 3 (Autumn 2003) 100-27
Entries for “Gerry Adams,” “Eamon DeValera,” and “Ian Paisley,” in Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences: The Twentieth Century, 1914-2000. John Powell (ed.) Greenwood Press, 2004
“Lord Kimberley and Liberal Irish Policy: annotations on George Sigerson's Modern Ireland: its Vital Questions, Secret Societies, and Government, 1868.” Irish Historical Studies, May, 1998 (Co-authored with John Powell)
Book Reviews: Human Encumbrances: Political Violence and the Great Irish Famine by David Nally in Journal of British Studies (October 2012)
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War by Kenneth Daigler in Choice (forthcoming)
War in the Shadows: the Irish American Fenians Who Bombed Victorian Britain by Shane Kenna in Choice (forthcoming)
Secret Intelligence in the European States System 1918-1989 edited by J. Haslam and K. Urbach in Choice (May 2014)
Intelligence Studies in Britain and the US edited by C. Moran & C. Murphy in Choice (October 2013)
An Irish Century: Studies, 1912-2012 edited by Bryan Fanning, in Choice (May, 2013)
Times of Troubles: Britain’s War in Northern Ireland by Andrew Sanders and Ian Wood in Choice (December, 2012)
The First English Detectives: the Bow Street Runners and the policing of London, 1750-1840 by J.M. Beattie in Choice (November 2012)
The Black & Tans by D.M. Leeson in Choice (June 2012)
The Party of Patriotism: The Conservative Party and the First World War by Nigel Keohane in Contemporary British History. (January 2011)
Policing in England and Wales, 1918-39 by Keith Laybourn and David Taylor in Choice (January 2012)
Daniel O’Connell and the Anti-Slavery Movement by Christine Kinealy in Choice (September 2011)
Irish Terrorism in the Atlantic Community, 1865-1922 by Jonathan Gantt in Choice (April 2011)
Ireland and Irish-Americans, 1932-1945: The Search for Identity by John Tully in Choice (March 2011)
British Spies and Irish Rebels: British Intelligence and Ireland, 1916-1945. by Paul McMahon in The Journal of British Studies (July 2009)
De Valera in America by Dave Hannigan in Choice (November 2010)
Victorian Religion: Faith and Life in Britain by Julie Melnyk in The Historian (Summer 2010)
On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York by James T. Fisher in Choice (June 2010)
The Day Wall Street Exploded by Beverly Gage in Choice (September 2009)
The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930 by Margaret Lynch-Brennan in Choice (March 2010)
British Intelligence by Twigge, Hampshire, and Macklin in Choice (July 2009)
Enemies of Humanity: The Nineteenth Century War on Terrorism edited by Isaac Land in Choice (June 2009)
A Long Long War: Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98 by Ken Wharton in Choice (May 2009)
The Irish Policeman by Elizabeth Malcolm in The Journal of British Studies, April, 2007.
Fantasies of Empire: The Empire Theatre of Varieties and the Licensing Controversy of 1894 by Joseph Donohue in The Historian (Spring 2007)

Luck and the Irish: Ireland 1970 - 2008 by Roy Foster in Choice (October 2008)
William O’Brien by Thomas Morrissey in Choice (June 2008)
The Corporate Takeover of Ireland by Kieran Allen in Choice (November 2007)
Civilizing Ireland: Ordinance Survey 1824-1842 by Stiofan O’Cadhla in Choice (November 2007)
The Harp and the Eagle by Susannah Bruce in Choice (October 2007)
Thomas Francis Meagher and the Irish Brigade in the Civil War by Daniel Callaghan in Choice (July 2007)
Rebellion and Savagery: the Jacobite Rising of 1745 and the British Empire by Geoffrey Plank in Choice (July 2006)
Selected Scholarly Presentations:
“ ‘A nominal 11 and a punctual 5, with much of the intervening time devoted to luncheon:’ Robert and Samuel Anderson on Her Majesty’s Secret Service in the 1870s.”

Western Conference on British Studies, October 2013


“”Fear and Loathing in the Fenian Brotherhood: John Joseph Corydon and the Collapse of Fenianism, 1866-8”

Western Conference on British Studies, September 2012


“Informers, Intimidation, and Liberal Coercion in Ireland: The Failure of Irish Policing and the Protection of Life and Property (Westmeath) Act, 1871.”

Southern Conference on British Studies, October 2011


“’The Vilest of Hell Spawn:’ The Rise and Fall of the Irish Informer

American Conference for Irish Studies, Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, October 2010

“’Bearing the Brunt of the Fenian Invasion:’ Consul Edward Archibald and the Fenian Brotherhood in America, 1859-1868“

Western Conference on British Studies, October 2009


“The Wild Geese: Irish-American Migrations to North America”

Pennsylvania Chautauqua, August 2009


“’A Person of Very Respectable Condition in Life:’ the Most Unlikely Fenian Informer.“

Western Conference on British Studies, November 2007


Irish ‘Treachery’ and English ‘Police Terrorism’: Dublin Castle’s Proceedings Against the Phoenix Association, 1858-9”

Western Conference on British Studies, October 2004


"From Disposables to Detectives: The Establishment of a Detective Division in the Royal Irish Constabulary, 1869"

American Conference on Irish Studies, April 1996


"`A System of Espionage Beyond Their Jurisdiction:' Irish Constabulary Detectives in England, 18671869

Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, March 1996


"`An Irishman's right to mourn'; Dublin Castle's Response to the Manchester Martyrs Funeral Processions, 1867"

American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 1995


Grants, Fellowships, or Honors Received:
Faculty Development Research Grant, 2011-13

Summer Research Grant, York College of Pennsylvania, 2006

Shearman Research Grant, 2002-2003

Murray Shaddock Plauche History Faculty Award 2001

Joe Gray Taylor Humanities Research Award, 2000

Mellon Research Fellowship, Washington University, 19921993

Beveridge History Fellowship, DePauw University, 19891990

Phi Beta Kappa, DePauw University, 1987


Professional Service:



Co-Program Chair, Western Conference on British Studies, 2007-8.

Graduate Essay Prize Committee, Western Conference on British Studies, 2008, 2011

Board Member, Historical Consultant, Curriculum Developer, Editor,

BikeAbout the Mediterranean


College Service:

Student Welfare Committee, 2013-

History Coordinator, 2011-2

Coordinator, Secondary Education Social Studies, 2007-11

Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Theta 2006-11

Instructional Resources Committee, 2006-12

Periodic Review Report Committee, 2010

Trustee Scholarship Day, 2006-9



Summer Book Selection Committee, 2007


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