About me


I am currently a Lecturer in History at the University of Roehampton, London where I also lead on the impact agenda. I received a BA (Hons.) in History from the University of Southampton in 2008, and a PhD from the University of Northumbria in 2012, where I was also employed as a Senior Research Assistant for the duration of 2012. My doctoral research interrogated the phenomenon of Catholic loyalty in mid-Victorian Ireland, and was conducted under the supervision of Dr James McConnel and Prof. Don MacRaild.

Areas of expertise

My main area of expertise relates to Ireland under the union, and particularly religious identities and minorities. I am currently preparing a monograph entitled Catholic Loyalty in Victorian Ireland, which is under contract with Liverpool University Press.

I have also developed expertise in the emerging area 'impact', particularly as it relates to the development of public outreach, engagement, knowledge exchange, policy implementation and partnerships. I am currently involved in a project with scholars at the universities of Newcastle, Northumbria and Oxford which interrogates partnerships between academics and the heritage sector, in order to share best practice and to provide a sound methodological framework to demonstrate their cultural and social (rather than economic) impact.

Member Details

Full Name

Richard A. Keogh (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



September 2013 to date: Lecturer in History and Impact lead at the University of Roehampton, London.

December 2012 to September 2013: Senior Research Officer, at the University of Roehampton, London.

January 2012 to December 2012: Senior Research Assistant at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

Consultancy work

I have worked as an external consultant with universities on the impact component of REF2014, and strategy development in this area. I am able to advise on the development of communications, public engagement, knowledge exchange impact more broadly.


I have delivered a broad range of modules, covering modern British and Irish history and heritage management in particular, and also have experience in distance learning delivery, dissertation supervision, and postgraduate study. I designed, convened and delivered the following modules:

'Heritage and History': MA in Cultural Heritage Management.
'Thatcher: The Downing Street Years': second year option.
'The British Empire and Ireland': third year option.

Outreach activities

In addition to providing a number of public lectures I have consulted on the development of public exhibitions. Most recently, I conducted research which has underpinned three of the six life narratives for the 'Destination Tyneside' permanent exhibition at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, which opened in 2013.

Committees & Associations

Member of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland


Book Chapters

[with Dr. James McConnel] ‘The Esmonde family of Co. Wexford and Catholic loyalty’ in Oliver Rafferty (ed.) Irish Catholic Identities (Manchester: MUP, 2013), pp. 274-291.

Peer Reviewed Journals

‘“Nothing is so bad for the Irish as Ireland alone”: William Nicholas Keogh and Catholic loyalty’ in Irish Historical Studies, vol. XXXVII, no. 150 (Nov. 2012), pp. 230-48.


[Review] D. G. Boyce and A. O’Day, Gladstone and Ireland: Politics, Religion and Nationality in the Victorian Age (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010), 307pp. in History, vol. 99, Issue 333 (Jan, 2014), pp. 150-2.


‘Selected list of writings on Irish economic and social history published in 2010’ in Irish Economic and Social History, Vol. XXXVII (November 2011), pp. 111-21.