About me




Conor is Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches physical culture and sport studies.

Prior to this, he attained his Ph.D. at University College Dublin under the supervision of Dr. Paul Rouse on 'Physical Culture in Ireland from 1893 to 1939.

Conor holds an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and an MPhil in History Studies from Cambridge University.

Areas of expertise

Health, Gender, Physical Culture, Identity, Sport.


Physical Culture, Exercise, Sport, Gender,

Member Details

Full Name

Conor Heffernan (Graduate Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



Trinity College Dublin (2010-2014)

First Class Honours in History and Political Science

University of Cambridge (2015-2016)

First Class Honours in MPhil in Historical Research


Tutor in UCD Writing Centre, 2017 – Present

Tutor in the UCD School of History, 2016 – Present

Occasional Lecturer, UCD, 2016 to Present

Committees & Associations


• North American Society of Sporting History
• British Society of Sporting History
• Sport History Ireland
• Economic and Social History Society of Ireland
• Women’s History Association of Ireland



The North American Society for Sport History Roberta Park Travel Award, 2017

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholarship: 2016-2020

Universities Ireland Postgraduate Bursary: 2016

Sir John Plumb Charitable Trust: 2016

Darwin College Cambridge Research Grants: 2016

OSA Summer Scholarship, 2014.


Winner of 2017 British Society for Sporting History – Richard Cox Postgraduate Prize for Graduate Writing.

Runner up in 2017 Centre for European Sporting History Postgraduate Writing Competition.

Highly Commended List 2014, Undergraduate Awards

2014 S2S Peer Mentor for Undergraduate Students, Trinity College Dublin.

2014 Dean’s Student Roll of Honour, Trinity College Dublin

2013 Dean’s Student Roll of Honour, Trinity College Dublin

2012 Dean’s Student Roll of Honour, Trinity College Dublin


Peer Reviewed Journals

Heffernan, Conor. "What’s Wrong with a Little Swinging? Indian Clubs as a Tool of Suppression and Rebellion in Post-Rebellion India." The International Journal of the History of Sport 34.7-8 (2017): 554-577.

Heffernan, Conor. "Strength Peddlers: Eddie O’Callaghan and the selling of Irish strength." Sport in History (2017): 1-23.

Conor Heffernan (2017) Indian club swinging in the early Victorian period, Sport in History, 37:1, 95-120, DOI: 10.1080/17460263.2016.1250807.

Heffernan, Conor, ‘In Zaire, we do not consider sport as a mere amusement’ : Mobutu, sport and Zairian identity, 1965-74, Sporting Traditions, 31 (2014), 2, S. 1-15.


Heffernan, Conor, ‘The Temple of Perfection: A History of the Gym by Eric Chaline’, Sport in History, (2018): 1-3.

Heffernan, C. (2017). Embodied Nation: Sport, Masculinity, and the Making of Modern Laos. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 1–2. http://doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2017.1336902