Seán Farrell Moran

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 408 Varner Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3533
Fax: (248) 370-3528


Ph.D., American University

Major Fields: 

Modern Britain, Ireland, History of Ideas, Twentieth-Century Europe

Research Interests:

Up to this point, my research has focused on revolutionary violence and nationalism in Ireland but recently I have become more interested in the practice of historians. In part, this has grown out of my feeling that history as a discipline is hampered by a willingness to ignore many of the recent developments in philosophy and critical theory. In teaching, I try to leave as much room for individual initiative and creativity as possible. I still believe history is meant to be a reflective art and that the only true learning that comes in class comes out of the willingness of students to challenge themselves to think about the subject. History is a writing discipline and the essay is its basic form and because of this I will always, beyond the introductory level, rely on substantial take-home essays that require research and reflection.



Patrick Pearse and the Politics of Redemption: The Mind of the Easter Rising, 1916 (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 1994).

Articles and Book Chapters

"Johan Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages, and the Writing of History," Michigan Academician XLII (2016): 410-23.

"Remembering Seamus Heaney: Poetry and the Historians," Oakland Journal 25 (Winter 2015): 5-21.

"For the Good of America and for the Growth of Liberty and Opportunity," Oakland Journal 24 (Winter 2013): 78-83.

"Creating a University of Distinction," Oakland Journal 19 (Fall 2010): 171-76.

"Patrick Pearse and the European Revolt Against Reason" in Ireland and Anglo-Irish Relations Since 1800: Critical Essays, eds. N.C. Fleming and Alan O'Day (London: Ashgate, 2007).

The Disease of Human Consciousness,” Oakland Journal 12 (Winter 2007): 103-110.

“History, Memory, and the Teaching of Irish History” in Reading Irish Histories: Texts, Contexts and the Creation of National Memory, 1870-1922, ed. Lawrence McBride (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2003), 211-219.

“Memory and the Dark Dream of Irish History,” Oakland Journal 4 (Spring 2002): 49-59.

"Images, Icons, and the Practice of Irish History" in Images, Icons, and the Irish Nationalist Imagination, ed. Lawrence McBride (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1999), 166-176.

“The Western Spiritual Vision of the Material World” in Science and Religion, ed. Michael Sevilla (Gonic, N.H.: Odyssey Press, 1997).

“Advising Graduate Students” in Organization of American History Council of Chairs Newsletter 48 (Dec. 1995).

"Patrick Pearse and Patriotic Soteriology" in The Irish Terrorism Experience, ed. Alan O’Day and Yonah Alexander (Aldershot: Dartmouth Press, 1993), 9-28.

"Patrick Pearse and the European Revolt Against Reason," Journal of the History of Ideas 59 (1989): 625-43.

"Patrick Pearse, the Easter Rising, and Irish History," The Graduate Review (August 1989): 14-24.

Photographs, Ireland (New York: Chelsea House, 1988).

Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries

“Sir Edward Elgar,” "Thomas Babington McCauley," "William Morris," "Daniel O'Connell" and "William Butler Yeats" in Industrialization and Imperialism (London: Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming).

“Henry Buckle” in The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers (London: Thoemmes Press, 2007).

“Thomas Ashe,” "Sir Roger Casement," "Eamonn Ceannt," "Executions, 1916," "Seán Heuston," "Irish Volunteers," "Seán MacDiarmada," "Thomas MacDonagh," "Terence MacSwiney," "Patrick Pearse," "Rising, 1916" and "Austen Stack" in Encyclopedia of Ireland, ed. Brian Lalor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003).

"Intellectual History/History of Ideas," "A.O. Lovejoy," "R.G. Collingwood," "Rudolf Bultmann" and "Theodore Moody" in Kelly Boyd, ed., Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, vol. 1 (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999).

Book and film reviews published in the American Historical ReviewJournal of Modern HistoryJournal of British StudiesIrish Literary SupplementThe HistorianIrish Historical StudiesJournal of Historical Studies, and Albion.

Book and Film Reviews Since 1995

Fighting Irish: Irish Regiments in the First World War, Gavin Hughes, in The Journal of British Studies (in press).

Destiny of the Soldiers: Fianna Fail, Irish Republicanism and the IRA, 1926-1973 Donnacha Ó Breacháin, in Irish Historical Studies (in press).

Very British Rebels: The Culture and Politics of Ulster Loyalism, James White McCauley, in The Historian (in press).

Muscular Nationalism: Gender, Violence and Empire in India and Ireland, 1914–2004, Sikita Banerjee, in The Journal of Modern History (in press).

Culture, Northern Ireland, and The Second World War, Guy Woodward, in The Irish Literary Supplement  (in press).

Irish Classrooms and British Empire: Imperial Contexts in the Origins of Modern Education, David Dickson, Justyna Pyz, and Christopher Shephard (eds.)  English Historical Review (in press).

When God Took Sides, Marianne Eliot, in The Historian (in press).

Masculinity and Power in Irish Nationalism, 1884-1938 (Gender and Sexualities in History), Aidan Beatty,  in The Irish Literary Supplement (in press).

To Vietnam in Vain: A Memoir of an Irish-American Intelligence Advisor, 1969-1970, Edward A. Hagan, in The Irish Literary Supplement (in press).

 “The Eternal Easter Rising,” review of the film series, 1916, The Irish Rebellion, in Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, December 2016 (invited).

The Impact of World War One on Limerick, Tadhg Moloney, in The Historian, Spring 2016.

Irish Nationalists and the Making of the Irish Race,  Bruce Nelson, in The Historian, Winter 2014.

From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth, Ian Brown ed., in The Historian (in press).

The Strange Survival of Liberal England: Political Leaders, Moral Values and the Reception of Economic Debate.  Edited by E. H. H. Green and D. M. Tanner, in The Historian, Fall  2011.

The United Kingdom, 1970-1990, Brian Harrison, in History: Reviews of New Books, July 2011.

Captain Rock, James Donnelly, in The Irish Literary Supplement, Spring, 2011.

The Easter Rising, Fearghal MacSharry, in The Journal of British Studies, 50, 3.

The IRA and Its Enemies, Peter Hart, in The Historian, Summer 2005.

Irish Opinion and the American Revolution, 1760-1783, Vincent Morley, in The Journal of Modern  History, June  2005.

The Resurrection of Ireland: The Sinn Fein Party, 1916-1923, Michael Laffan, in The Irish Literary  Supplement, Sept. 22, 2004.

The Lockout: Dublin, 1913, Padraig Yeates,, in The Journal of British Studies, 44, 3.

Ideology and the Irish Question, Paul Bew, in The American Historical Review, vol.  69, 1, Feb. 1998.

State of Siege, Brian Follis, in Albion, vol.  29, 2, Spring, 1997.

“Michael Collins,” Film review in The American Historical Review, vol. 68, 1, (invited).

Landlords and Tenants in Mid-Victorian Ireland, W.E. Vaughn, in The Journal of Modern History, vol.  68, 3, Sept. 1996.

The Work of William Morris, 3rd ed., Paul Thompson, in Clio, Spring, 1995.

Work in Progress

"The Butcher's Bill" (historical novel).

"Irish Exceptions: The Unique Contributions of Irish Thought."