About me

Email

jamesthomasodonnell@gmail.com

Bio

I am a media historian with particular research interests in the British and Irish media in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, news agencies, transnationalism and national identity.

I currently teach in History at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where I was awarded my Ph.D. in 2014 for my thesis 'International News Supply in Ireland, c.1899-1949'. I teach survey modules on modern Irish and European history, early modern European history, medieval Irish history and research, analysis and presentation skills for undergraduate history students. I have previously taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on modern British history, British imperial history and transnational history.

I am secretary of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class, secretary of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland, and editor of the Irish Bibliography of Press History (http://newspapersperiodicals.org/bibliography/).

Keywords

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

Experience

Education

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.

Employment

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

For further information please see my LinkedIn profile: http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/james-o-donnell/46/6b0/417

Teaching

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

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

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

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

(2010 – 2011) Tutor: The British Empire 1756-1968; guest MA seminar leader: The Decolonisation of Ireland?; guest lecturer: Irish Newspapers and the South African War.

(2009 – 2010) Guest MA seminar leader, The Decolonisation of Irish Newspapers?; guest lecturer, Irish Newspapers and the South African War.

Committees & Associations

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

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

Awards

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.

Publications

Books

[Forthcoming] The Irish regional press, 1892-2012: changing media in a changing country, (ed.) with Ian Kenneally (Dublin: Four Courts Press).

Book Chapters

[Forthcoming] 'Keeping an eye on…: sourcing and covering international news in the Irish regional press 1892-1949' in Ian Kenneally and James T. O'Donnell (eds.), The Irish regional press, 1892-2012: changing media in a changing country (Dublin: Four Courts Press).

[Forthcoming] 'The Economics of Press and Periodical Production' in David Finkelstein (ed.), The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2: Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900 (Edinburgh: EUP).

[Forthcoming] '“Compadres if not compatriots”: A Shared Managerial Culture in British and Irish Newspapers in the Nineteenth Century' in David Finkelstein (ed.), The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2: Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900 (Edinburgh: EUP).

[Forthcoming] 'Identities, Professional and Industrial Organisation' in Adrian Bingham and Martin Conboy (eds.), Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3: Power, Popularization and Permeation, 1900-2017(Edinburgh: EUP).

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 (newspapersperiodicals.org/bibliography/).

Other

'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).