seán-farrell-moran


Moran

Seán Farrell Moran

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 408 Varner Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3533
Fax: (248) 370-3528
Email: moran@oakland.edu

Education:

Ph.D., American University

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.

Areas of Research and Expertise:

Britain, Ireland, History of Ideas, Dogmatic Theology, Psychoanalytical Theory, Terrorism, Scotland

Academic Employment Record since Oakland

2015-Present    Director, Master of Liberal Studies Program (MALS)

1995-Present    Associate Professor, Department of History, Oakland University

1992                 Acting Chair, Department of History, Oakland University

1990-1995        Assistant Professor, Department of History, Oakland University

Academic Employment Before Oakland

1990                 Adjunct Professor, American University

1987-1990        Lecturer, Prince George’s Community College

1984-1990        Adjunct Professor, Montgomery College

1982-1983        Research Assistant, Chestnut Lodge Research Institute

1980-1984        Teaching Fellow, American University

Fellowships and Awards since Oakland

Oakland University Faculty Research Grant, 2014, $10,000

President’s Colloquium Speaker, 2004

Oakland University Faculty Research Grant, 2002, $6,570

Oakland University Faculty Research Grant, 1999, $5,700

Oakland University Special Projects Grant, 1998, $1,750

Oakland University Professional Development Grant, “Modern Scotland,” 1996, $19, 500

Oakland University Faculty Research Grant, 1995, $5,000

Oakland University Faculty Research Grant, 1991, $5,000          

                                               

Scholarship

Books

Patrick Pearse and the Politics of Redemption: The Mind of the Easter Rising, 1916, Catholic University Press, 1994

Articles/Book Chapters

“Patrick Pearse and the Practice of Irish History,” The Irish Literary Supplement (invited and in press)

“‘King Lear’ and the Disintegration of the World in Early Modern England”, The Oakland Journal,(in press, editorial review)

“Johan Huizinga and the Writing of History,” in The Michigan Academician, Fall 2016 (peer reviewed)

“Seamus Heaney, Poetry, and the Historians,” in Oakland Journal,  Fall 2014 (editorial refereed)

“For the Good of America and the Growth of Liberty and Opportunity,” in Oakland Journal, Fall, 2012

“A University of Distinction,” in Oakland Journal 21, Fall 2010 (invited)

“Patrick Pearse and the European Revolt Against Reason,” in Ireland and Anglo-Irish Relations  Since 1800: Critical Essays, Vol. I., eds. N.C. Fleming and Alan O’Day,  Ashgate, 2007 (peer reviewed)

The Tragic Sense of Life: Reviewing the Work of Miguel de Unamuno,” in Oakland Journal, Winter, 2007

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

“Memory and the Dark Dream of Irish History,” in Oakland Journal, Spring 2002 (editorial refereed)

“Images, Icons and the Practice of Irish History,” chapter  in Lawrence McBride, ed, Images, Icons and  the Irish Nationalist Political Imagination, 1875-1925, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1999 (peer reviewed)

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

“Advising Graduate Students,” in Organization of American History Council of Chairs Newsletter, December 1995 (invited)

“Patrick Pearse and Patriotic Soteriology,” chapter in The Irish Terrorism Experience, Alan O’Day and Yonah Alexander, eds., Dartmouth Press, Aldershot, 1991 (peer reviewed)

“Patrick Pearse, The Easter Rising, and Irish History,” in The Graduate Review, Summer 1989. (invited)

“Patrick Pearse and the European Revolt Against Reason,” in The Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol.  L, no.  4, (October-December 1989), 625-643 (peer reviewed)

Editorships

Associate Editor, The Irish Literary Supplement, 2015 to the present

Associate Editor, The Oakland Journal, 2013 to the present

Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries  (all invited)

“Thomas Ashe,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

“Sir Roger Casement,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

 “Eamonn Ceannt,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

 “Seán Heuston,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

 “Seán MacDiarmada,”  in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

“Thomas MacDonagh,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

“Terence MacSwiney,”  in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

“Patrick Pearse,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

“Joseph Mary Plunkett,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

“1916, Easter Rising,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

 “Austen Stack,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

“Irish Volunteers,” in The Encyclopedia of Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003.

“Intellectual History/History of Ideas,” in Kelly Boyd, ed., Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

“Theodore Moody,”  in Kelly Boyd, ed., Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

“Rudolph Bultmann,”  in Kelly Boyd, ed., Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

“R.G. Collingwood,”  in Kelly Boyd, ed., Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

“A.O. Lovejoy,”  in Kelly Boyd, ed., Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999. 

Book and Film Reviews Since 1995

Masculinity and Power in Irish Nationalism, 1884-1938, Aidan Beatty, in The Irish Literary Supplement, 37,2, 21-22

Culture, Northern Ireland, and the Second World War, Guy Woodward, in The Irish Literary Supplement, 37,2, 17-18

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)

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)

To Vietnam in Vain: A Memoir of an Irish-American Intelligence Advisor, 1969-1970, Edward A. Hagan, in The Irish Literary Supplement Fall 2016: 36, 2, 3-4

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

The Impact of World War One on Limerick, Tadhg Moloney, in The Historian, Spring 2016: 1, 78, 166-67

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, February ,1997 (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

Conference Papers, Scholarly Lectures, Seminars, and Invited Commentary

Paper, “Irish Lunacy: Imperial Power and Mental Illness in Modern Ireland,” 2018 International Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Cork, Ireland, June 2018. (peer reviewed)

Paper, “The Mad Irish, Insane Asylums, and the Colonial Challenge to Laissez Faire,” Midwest Regional of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Columbia, MO, October 2017.

Paper, “ Recruiting Revolutionaries and Terrorists: Tom Clarke and the Making of Republican Violence,” 2017 Annual Meeting  of The American Conference for Irish Studies, Kansas City, March 2017. (peer Reviewed)

Paper, “The Academy and the Enigmatic Patrick Pearse,” 2016 National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Notre Dame, March, 2016. (peer reviewed)

Discussant, “1916 in Memory,” International Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame,” March 2016. (invited)

Discussant, “Pearse, Poets and Irish Memory,” International Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame,” March 2016.  (invited)

Plenary Address, “Seamus Heaney and the Inarticluate Writing of History” 2014 Midwest Regional Meeting of the   American Conference for Irish Studies, Oakland University, Nov. 2014. (invited)

Paper, “The Problem of Identity in Irish Studies,” 2010 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Grand Valley State University, Oct. 2010.

Paper, “New Approaches in the Practice of Irish History, 2006 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Northern Illinois University, Oct. 2006.

Paper, “The Dark Dream of Irish History,” 2002 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Missouri at St. Louis, Oct. 2002.

Discussant, Panel “Rethinking the Familiar,” 2002  National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Marquette University, June 2002 (invited)

Paper, “The Culture of Irish Terrorism,” 2001 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Creighton University, Oct. 2001.          

Lecture, “The Millennium and the End of History,” Science and Religion Series, Oakland University, March 1999.

Paper, “Patrick Pearse and The European Cult of Childhood,” 1999 Annual National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, May 1999 (peer peviewed)  

Lecture, “Politics, Culture, and Identity in Modern Ireland,” Annual History Lecture, Hamilton College, Apr. 1999 (invited).

Seminar,  “The Practice of Irish History,” History Department Seminar,  Hamilton College, Apr. 1999 (invited).

Lecture, “The Private Person and the Historical Moment,” Hamilton College, Apr. 1999. (invited)

Lecture, “Patrick Pearse and the Easter Rising,” Huron College/University of Western Ontario, March, 1999. (invited)

Paper, “Irish Philosophical ‘Exceptions’: Eriugena, Berkeley, and the Western Intellectual Tradition,” Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, Oct. 1998.              

Paper, “Irish Visions of the Material World,” National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Ft. Lauderdale, Apr. 1998. (peer reviewed)

Lecture, “The Irish Nation: Which Nation?,” University of Western Ontario, Feb. 1998. (invited)

Discussant, Panel “New Perspectives on Irish Women’s History,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Seattle, Jan. 1998. (invited)

Paper, “The Images of Michael Collins and that ‘Unresolved Thing’ which is Ireland,” 1997 Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, St. Norbert College, Oct. 1997.

Discussant, “Ireland in the 1960s: An Axial Decade,” for panel “The Dolmen Miscellany,” Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, St. Norbert College, Oct. 1997. (invited)

Paper, “The Gendering of the Great Hunger and Irish History,” 1997 Annual National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Albany, April 1997 (Peer reviewed)