Historian, and former Government of Ireland IRC Scholar, who has lectured in Maynooth University, Dublin City University and University College Dublin. Extensive teaching portfolio in Irish, European and Southern African history and twice nominated for teaching awards (DCU in 2016 and UCD in 2017).
My principle research interests lie in: Irish and European political history with a particular emphasis on the role of political parties and their organisations; the post- Second World War process of decolonisation; the Irish Revolution and its aftermath and the process of European integration in the latter half of the twentieth-century.
|Areas of expertise||
The politics of the Irish Free State, 1922-37; the Cumann na nGaedheal party; the Irish Revolution and its aftermath; European political history, 1918-39; Decolonisation, 1945-1994; Christian Democracy and post-war European integration.
Irish Free State; Elections; Democracy; Irish politics and elections; Inter-War Europe; Political Parties; Party Politics; Cumann na nGaedheal; Fianna Fáil; Decolonisation; Southern Africa.
Mel Farrell (Professional Historian)
2007-2012: Maynooth University (NUI), PhD in History.
- Sept. 2016-present: Occasional Lecturer, School of History, UCD. Designed, delivered and assessed third-year, ten credit undergraduate module "End of Empire" and a study abroad course "Celtic Dawn to Celtic Tiger".
|Management & Administrative experience||
- Dec. 2016-present: served as DIrector of Irish Humanities Alliance.
- Extensive involvement with Local History societies.
- 2009-2011: Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship: Awarded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS).
Mel Farrell, Party Politics in a New Democracy: the Irish Free State, 1922-37 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck and Ciara Meehan (eds), A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2015).
One forthcoming, details to follow.
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
-‘ “The tide had definitely turned”: The Irish Party’s campaigns in Longford, 1917-18’, New Hibernia Review, vol. 21, no. 3 (Autumn 2017), pp 83-104.
- ‘Revolution and Politics: The defeat of the Home Rule Party in County Longford, 1917-18’, in Teathbha, vol. iv, no. 3 (2016),
- Five book reviews in such journals as: Dublin Review of Books, Economic History Review and Irish Historical Studies.