Academic Director, Dublin Global Gateway
Kevin Whelan, one of Ireland’s best known and widely published scholars, has been the Smurfit Director of the Notre Dame Global Gateway in Dublin since it opened in 1998. He received his doctorate from the National University of Ireland in 1981. One of Ireland’s best-known and most widely published scholars, Whelan has authored or edited over twenty books and more than one hundred articles on the country’s history, culture and literature. These include The Tree of Liberty. Radicalism, Catholicism and the Construction of Irish Identity 1760-1830 (1996), Fellowship of Freedom: The United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion (1998), and the best selling Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape (1997, second edition 2011). In addition, he has lectured in almost twenty countries and at the Sorbonne, Cambridge, Oxford, Torino, Berkeley, Yale, Dartmouth, Louvain, and many other universities.
Whelan is also a public intellectual, who has served as an advisor to the Irish government on historical commemoration, and who appears widely in the media. During his tenure as the face of Notre Dame in Ireland, Whelan has taught over 3,000 ND undergraduates. From 1999 to 2011, he directed the annual Irish Seminar, the leading seminar in the field of Irish Studies.
Whelan, a native of County Wexford, is the father of four children. His hobbies include hurling, book-collecting, poetry, and talking.