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Professor David Gleeson


Department: Humanities

David T. Gleeson is a native of Ireland but spent 18 years studying and teaching in the United States.  He came to Northumbria from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was Director of the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His research focussed on Irish and English immigrants in nineteenth-century America as well as issues of race, ethnicity and class in the 19th Century United States. 

David Gleeson

My earlier work focussed on Irish immigrants in the American South. I wrote a book on the general Irish experience in the nineteenth-century South and another specifically on the Irish in the Confederacy, including Irish immiigrants commemoration of the Confederate experience. I then moved to work on the English in North America as a co-investigator in the AHRC funded project 'Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1750-1850  Currently, I am working on two projects, the first examines the role of slavery in the Confederate States of America, the second on Race, Class, and Ethinicity, in the United States Navy during the Civil War. The latter is funded project through a Research Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council, UK. For more info. see: 

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  • The Irish in the Civil War and Reconstruction, Gleeson, D. 16 Apr 2024, Routledge History of Irish America, London, Routledge
  • Northeastern England and America's Bloodiest War, Shiels, D., Gleeson, D. 23 Oct 2023
  • The Rhetoric of Insurrection and Fear: The Politics of Slave Management in Confederate Georgia, Gleeson, D. 1 May 2023, In: Journal of Southern History
  • William E. Van Vugt. Portrait of an English Migration: North Yorkshire People in North America, Gleeson, D. 1 Aug 2023, In: University of Toronto Quarterly
  • Catholic Confederates: Faith and Duty in the Civil War South, Gleeson, D. 1 Jan 2022, In: Civil War Book Review
  • Expanding the Definition of Freedom: "Lincoln and the Thirteenth Amendment", by Christian G. Samito; "Lincoln and the Immigrant", by Jason H. Silverman, Gleeson, D. 16 Dec 2021, In: Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association
  • Claiming Freedom: Race, Kinship, and Land in Nineteenth-Century Georgia, Gleeson, D. 1 Sep 2020, In: American Nineteenth Century History
  • "An Unfortunate Son of Erin": The Irish in Civil War Kentucky, Gleeson, D. 7 Sep 2019, In: The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
  • Immigrant America and the Civil War, Gleeson, D. 31 Oct 2019, The Cambridge History of the American Civil War, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • England and the Antebellum South, Gleeson, D. 2017, English Ethnicity and Culture in North America, University of South Carolina Press

  • Rian Holland Imagination, Diaspora, and Conflict: Irish Nationalism in America and Ireland, 1876 - 1916 Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 28/08/2022
  • Brian Langley Dissent and Discontent in the Confederate South, 1861 -1865 Start Date: 02/10/2012 End Date: 22/02/2018
  • Craig McLaughlan 'The U.S. Civil War and late-nineteenth century Brazilian development' Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 01/05/2014
  • Peter O'Connor ‘The Inextinguishable Struggle Between North and South': American Sectionalism in the British Mind, 1832-1863 Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 01/05/2014
  • Sarah Collins A comparative study of urban space in Newcastle upon Tyne and Charleston, South Carolina, 1740-1840 Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 09/04/2019

I am an active member of the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH).

I am also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Distinguished Speaker for the Organization of American Historians.

I sit on the editorial board for the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Series at the University of South Carolina Press. If you have a manuscript that might fit in the Series, please get in touch.  


  • History PhD December 15 1997
  • History MA June 30 1997

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