The Catholic University of America

Faculty - Meagher

Timothy Meagher, Associate Professor and University Archivist

History PhD, 1982, Brown University

History MA, 1973 University of Chicago

History BA, 1971 Georgetown University


Research Interests:

Irish American History; Ethnic representation in American popular; American Catholics in Politics 


Current Project:

 A history of Irish Americans, 1584 to the Present





Office hours: 244 Marist Hall Wednesday - 3:30pm-5:00pm
101 Aquinas Thursday - 1:00-2:00pm  


Sample publications:


Timothy J. Meagher, Inventing Irish America: Generation, Class and Ethnic Identity in a New England City, 1880 to 1928 (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2001)

Timothy J. Meagher, The Columbia Guide to Irish American History (Columbia University Press, 2005)


Timothy J. Meagher ed., From Paddy to Studs: Irish-American Communities in the Turn of the Century Era, 1880 to 1920 (New York: Greenwood Press, 1986)

Timothy J. Meagher and Ronald H. Bayor, eds., The New York Irish (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996)



Recent Articles and Essays

  • “Why Irish: Writing Irish American History”,  in Alan Kraut and David Gerber, Ethnic Historians and the Mainstream: Shaping America’s Immigration Story (Rutgers University Press, 2013)
  • “Revisiting John Higham’s Strangers in the Land,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (April: 2012)
  • “From the World to the Village and the Beginning to the End: Research Opportunities in Irish American History,” Journal of American Ethnic History  (Summer:2009)  Volume 28 no. 4, pp. 118-135
  • “Abie’s Irish Enemy: Irish and Jews, Social and Political Realities and Media Representations” in Ruth Barton ed., Screening Irish America (Irish Academic press: 2009)
  • “Cops, Priests and the Decline of Irish America: True Confessions, 1981” in Colleen McDannell ed., Catholics in Movies (Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • “The Importance of Being Italian: Representation of Italian Americans in American Movies and Television from the 1960s to the 1990s” in Diner, Barkan and Kraut eds. Borders, Boundaries and Bonds: America and Its Immigrants in Eras of Globalization (New York University Press, 2007)
  • “The Fireman on the Stairs: Communal Loyalties in the Making of Irish “America” in J.J. Lee and Marion Casey eds. Making the Irish American: The History and Heritage of Irish in the United States (New York University Press, 2006)
  • “Immigration Ethnic and Race Relations, 1965 to 2000” in Ronald Bayor ed., Race and Ethnicity in America: A Concise History (New York: Columbia University, 2003).  The essay was also published with accompanying documents in Ronald H. Bayor ed., Columbia Documentary History on Race and Ethnicity in America (Columbia University Press, 2004)


Courses Taught

            History 360 United States Immigration and Ethnicity

History 380 The Irish in America

History 673: The Irish in America

History 663 Immigration and Ethnicity in America

History 540 The Famine Irish Immigrants: A Case Study in Immigration

Wash 101 Washington Past and Present


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