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    Professor of History (Emeritus)

    Loyola University of Chicago

    6525 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois 60626    

Education Honorary Degrees Academic Positions Books
Articles Reviews, Short Essays Editing Papers Read
Teaching Offices Held Honors Radio and Television


    B.A. St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, 1949.

    M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1950.

    Ph.D. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1954.



    Doctor of Literature, National University of Ireland, Dublin, 1987.

    Doctor of Humanities, St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, 1982.




    Professor of History, Loyola University of Chicago, 1970-1991 (Emeritus in 1991).

    Professor of History, University of Maine (Orono), 1969-1970.

    Professor of History, Marquette University, Milwaukee, 1964-1969.

    Assistant and Associate Professor of History (Division of General Studies), University of Illinois, Urbana,


    Visiting Lecturer, History, University of Iowa, 1958-1959.

    Associate Professor, History, The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1955-1958.

    Instructor, Humanities, Michigan State University, 1954-1955.

I have been a Visiting Professor of History during summer sessions at the University of Iowa; the School of Irish Studies, Dublin; the School of Irish Studies, University College, Cork; Concordia University, Montreal; and the University of Detroit.





The Irish-Catholic Diaspora in America, a revised and extended version of my 1976 The Irish Diaspora in America (Washington, D.C., The Catholic University of America Press, Sept., 1997).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library at:  E184.I6 M345 1997.

The Irish Question: Two Centuries of Conflict, a revised and extended version of the 1968 The Irish Question, 1800-1922, (Lexington, the University Press of Kentucky, 1995).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library at: DA950 .M327 1995

Textures of Irish America (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1992).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe library at:  E184.I6 M36 1992 and SPEC. COLL. E184.I6 M36 1992.

The Irish Experience, coauthor (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1989, reprinted by M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, NY, 1996).  (Originally a 1989 Prentice Hall publication.)

Perspective on Irish Nationalism, coeditor and contributor (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1988).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library at:  DA950 .P47 1989.

The Irish in Chicago, coauthor (Champaign and Chicago: The University of Illinois Press, 1987).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library at: F548.9.I6 I75 1987 and SPEC. COLL. F548.9 .I6 I75 1987.

Ireland From Colony to Nation State (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1979).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library at:  DA947 .M18.

Irish Nationalism and the American Contribution, editor and contributor (New York: Arno Press, 1976).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library at:  DA950 .I7 1976 and SPEC. COLL. DA950 .I7 1976.

The Irish Diaspora in America (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1976, reprinted by the Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C., 1984).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe library at: SPEC. COLL. E184.I6 M115 1976.

The Irish Question, 1800-1922 (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1968).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library at:  SPEC. COLL. DA950 .M1103.

Daniel O'Connell and the Repeal Year (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1966).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library at:  DA950.22 .M18 1966 and SPEC. COLL. DA950.22 .M18 1966.

Irish Federalism in the 1870s: A Study in Conservative Nationalism (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1962).  In St. Ambrose University, O'Keefe Library at:  SPEC. COLL. DA957 .M22 1962.




"Preserving the Union, Shaping a New Image: Chicago's Irish Catholics and the Civil War," At the Crossroads: Old St. Patricks and the Chicago Irish, Ellen Skerrett, editor (Chicago, Loyola University Press, 1997).

"Irish Catholics in America," The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History.

"Forging Forward and Looking Back," The New York Irish, Ronald H. Bayor and Timothy J. Meagher, editors (Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 1996).

"Irish Textures in American Catholicism," Presidential Address, American Catholic Historical Association, The Catholic Historical Review, January, 1992.

"Sean O'Faolain: A Tribute," Irish Literary Supplement, Fall, 1991.

"Components of Irish Nationalism," Perspectives on Irish Nationalism, Thomas E. Hachey and Lawrence J. McCaffrey, editors (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1989).

"ACIS-Vision and Growth," Irish Literary Supplement, SPRING, 1988.

"Fictional Images of Irish America," The Writer as Witness: Literature as Historical Evidence, Tom Dunne, Editor (Cork: Cork University Press, 1987).

"Irish-American Politics: Power With or Without Purpose?", The Irish in America, P.J. Drudy, editor (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985).

"Ghetto to Suburbs: Irish Occupational and Social Mobility," Ethnicity and Public Policy, William A. Van Horne and Thomas V. Tonnesen. editors (University of Wisconsin System American Ethnic Studies Coordinating Committee/Urban Corridor Consortium, 1985).

"Irish America," The Wilson Quarterly, Spring, 1985.

"The American Committee for Irish Studies," Irish-American Institutions, Michael Funchion, editor (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983).

"The Recent Irish Diaspora in America," Contemporary American Immigration, Laurence Cuddy, editor (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1982).

"Crisis in Northern Ireland," Perspective section, Chicago Tribune, May 10, 1981.

"O'Connell and the Irish-American Nationalist and Political Profiles," The World of Daniel O'Connell. Donal McCartney, editor (Dublin and Cork: Mercier Press, 1980).

"A Profile of Irish America," America and Ireland, 1776-1976, David Noel Doyle and Owen Dudley Edwards, editors (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1980).

"Poets, Priests, Peasants, and Politicians: New Perspectives in Irish History," Victorian Studies, Summer, 1979.

"Daniel O'Connell," Biographical Dictionary of Modern British Radicals, 1979.

"The Shadow of a Gunman," review essay, The Nation, November 30, 1976.

"The Boston Irish, More to be Pitied than Censured," Listening, Spring, 1976.

"The Roots of the Irish Troubles," America, January 31, 1976.

"The Conservative Image of Irish America," Ethnicity, December, 1975.

"Northern Ireland: Religious or Cultural Conflict?," World Events, December, 1974-January, 1975.

"Irish Nationalism and Irish Cultural Identity," Holy Cross Quarterly, May, 1974.

"Irish Nationalism/and Irish Catholicism: A Study in Cultural Identity," Church History, December, 1973.

"Daniel Corkery and Irish Cultural Nationalism," Eire-Ireland, Spring, 1973.

"The Catholic Minority in Northern Ireland," Divided Ireland, Francis O'Brien, editor (Rockford College Press, 1971).

"Pioneers of the American Ghetto," Illinois Quarterly, September, 1971.

"The American Committee for Irish Studies: A Brief History," Irish Historical Studies, September, 1967.

"The Dimensions of the Irish Question and the Home Rule Crisis, 1910-1914," Cithara, November, 1961.

"Isaac Butt and the Home Rule Movement: A Study in Conservative Nationalism," The Review of Politics, January, 1960.

"The Home Rule Party and Irish Nationalist Opinion, 1874-1876," The Catholic Historical Review, January, 1960.

"Trends in Post-Revolutionary Irish Literature," College English, October, 1956.

"An Evaluation of the General Education History Course," Journal of General Education, April, 1956.

"Home Rule and the General Election of 1874 in Ireland," Irish Historical Studies, September, 1954.

"The Catholic and Urban Personality of Irish America," The Irish Review, Autumn, 1993.




I have published short essays on Irish subjects in The Encyclopedia Americana, The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography, Victorian Encyclopedia, and the Chicago Tribune. I have reviewed books in a number of newspapers and periodicals including The Irish Literary Supplement, The American Historical Review, The Journal of Modern History, The Historian, History, Victorian Studies, The Catholic Historical Review, The Review of Politics, Book Week (New York Herald Tribune), The Nation, America, Civil War History, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History, The Canadian Journal on Nationalism, and The Journal of American Ethnic History.




I served as Advisory Editor of The Irish Americans, a forty-two volume series published by Arno Press (New York Times), 1976.

Along with Emmet Larkin, I was coeditor of the Reprints in Irish Studies published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press and the University of Chicago Press for the American Committee for Irish Studies.

I served on the editorial board of Ethnicity and The New History of Ireland and now serve on the editorial boards of the University of Illinois Press's Chicago Ethnic Series, The Recorder, and The Multicultural Review.




I have presented papers to a large number of academic conferences, including The American Historical Association, The Irish Historical Society, The American Conference for Irish Studies, The Conference on British Studies, The American Catholic Historical Association, and The Modern Language Association.


In every college and university where I have been a faculty member I have earned the reputation of excellent teacher, lecturing classes with hundreds of students in Western Civilization, and smaller groups in Modern European, British, Irish, and Irish-American history; and conducting undergraduate honors and graduate seminars and tutorials. Graduating seniors at Loyola usually have listed me as one of the best teachers they experienced in their four years at the university. I have directed the research of a number of Loyola graduate students, including seven Ph.D.'s. With one exception, every M.A. and Ph.D. student who has worked with me has published. Four of my Ph.D. 's have books in print or in press, and I expect similar results from two others. I also helped direct the research efforts of two successful Ph.D. candidates at Marquette University. At present, I am serving on the committee of a University of Chicago candidate for the Ph.D.




Along with Emmet Larkin and Gilbert Cahill I co-founded The American Conference for Irish Studies (originally the American Committee for Irish Studies), an inter-disciplinary organization of about 1600 members that includes scholars in history, literature, Celtic Studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, and the fine arts. For eight years I served as the first Secretary of ACIS, as its President from 1976 and 1979, and as a member of the Executive Committee, 1960-81, and 1984-87. From 1984 to 1987 I was President of the Midwest Regional branch of ACIS. In addition, I have served as Second and First Vice-President of the American Catholic Historical Association and President from 1990 to 1991.




In May, 1981, Sean Donlon, Irish Ambassador to the United States, presented me with a gift facsimile of The Book of Durrow.  It contained the following citation:

Presented to

Professor Lawrence J. McCaffrey

on behalf of the

Government of Ireland

In recognition of his outstanding work over the years to promote Irish Studies in the United States-particularly through his energetic participation from the beginning in the activities of the American Committee for Irish Studies.



Over the years I have discussed Ireland and Irish America on ABC, CBS, and NBC television in Chicago, Radio Eireann and a number of radio stations in Chicago and on National Public Broadcasting. I was one of five historians, and the only American, to appear on Thames TV's production of The Troubles, a six part documentary on Northern Ireland. It first aired in 1981. I appeared on the 1995 Radharc Films, Blackrock, County Dublin Stories From Irish America on RTE Dublin. I am featured in a Lennon Documentaries six part documentary on Irish America that appeared on PBS in the autumn of 1997.


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