About me




I am a Lecturer in the School of English Studies at Zhejiang International Studies University in Hangzhou, China. My primary area of research interest is media history with a particular focus on the dissemination and interpretation of international news in the English speaking world, the role of media in the formation of national identity, and media organisation as transnational institutions.

I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland, and editor of the Irish Bibliography of Press History (http://newspapersperiodicals.org/bibliography/).


News Agencies; Media History; British Imperial and Commonwealth History; Ireland and Empire; fourth estate; nation-state; nationalism

Member Details

Full Name

James T. O'Donnell (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



PhD, 'International News Supply in Ireland, c.1899-1949' (2008-14),
Moore Institute / Discipline of History,
National University of Ireland, Galway.

MA, Culture and Colonialism (2007-08),
Discipline of English,
National University of Ireland, Galway.

BA, Ancient History (1995-98),
Department of Classics and Ancient History,
University of Exeter.


2018 – Present, Lecturer
School of English Studies
Zhejiang International Studies University

2013 – 2018, Teaching Assistant,
Discipline of History, School of Humanities,
National University of Ireland, Galway.

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(2018 – 2019) The History, Society and Culture of the the English-Speaking World; Intercultural Communication; Selected Readings of Short Stories in English; Introduction to English Language Poetry.

(2015 – 2018) Ireland and Europe, 1789-1914; Ireland and Europe from Medieval to Modern; Skills for Historians.

(2015 – 2016) From Beveridge to Thatcher: Politics, society, economy and welfare in Britain, 1948-1992; Of Rice and Men: Aid and Humanitarianism since 1945.

(2014 – 2015) Ireland in a Global Context,1922-2002; guest lecture (DCU), News Agencies, Foreign Correspondents and Reporting International Events in Ireland from the 1890s to the 1950s.

(2013 – 2015) Europe in the Age of the Great War; Europe, 1789-1815; Ireland 1912-23; Ireland in the 1790s.

(2010 – 2011) The British Empire 1756-1968; The Decolonisation of Ireland?

(2009 – 2010) The Decolonisation of Irish Newspapers?

Committees & Associations

Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland, Executive Committee, 2010 – Present, Secretary 2016 – 2018.

Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class, Secretary, 2014 – 2018.


2018, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies, NUI, Galway, Research Support Scheme.
2013, AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen, Cross-Currents Conference Bursary.
2008 – 2012, Texts, Contexts, Cultures Fellowship, NUI, Galway, funded by the Irish Government under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI(4)).
2008 – 2011, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation research grant.
2007, Research Travel Bursary, College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies, NUI, Galway.



The Irish regional press, 1892-2018: revival revolution and republic, (ed.) with Ian Kenneally (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018).

Book Chapters

'Content, comment and censorship: A case study comparing coverage of Dunkirk and D-Day in Irish newspapers' in Siân Nicholas and Tom O'Malley (eds.), Newspapers, War and Society in the 20th Century: Journalism, Reportage and the Social Role of the Press (Oxford: Routledge, 2019).
'Keeping an eye on…: sourcing and covering international news in the Irish regional press c.1892-1949' in Ian Kenneally and James T. O'Donnell (eds.), The Irish regional press, 1892-2018: revival, revolution and republic (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018).

Peer Reviewed Journals

'Content, Comment and Censorship: A case study comparing coverage of Dunkirk and D-Day in Irish newspapers', Media History, Vol. 23, Nos. 3-4 (2017), pp. 345-359. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13688804.2017.1353905

Electronic Publications

'A Class of News: an all-Ireland managerial class in Irish newspapers', Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class, 25 April 2016 (ichlc.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/a-class-of-news-an-all-ireland-managerial-class-in-irish-newspapers/).
The Irish Bibliography of Press History, editor, Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland (https://sites.google.com/view/newspapersandperiodicals/irish-bibliography-of-press-history).


Review: A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s, Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck and Ciara Meehan (eds.), (Sallins: Irish Academic Press, 2015), Saothar: Journal; of the Irish Labour History Society, Vol. 43 (2018), pp. 163-5.


'A Two-Faced Agreement', The Revolution Papers, No. 43, 25 October 2016 (www.academia.edu/29437532/A_Two-Faced_Agreement).
'Bad News Travels Fast', The Revolution Papers, No. 31, 2 August 2016 (www.academia.edu/27496749/Bad_News_Travels_Fast).