James S. Donnelly Jr.

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James S. Donnelly Jr. (born 1943) is a retired emeritus professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he specialized in nineteenth-century Irish history. He was a leading figure in the subfield of Irish studies. Donnelly is a former president of the American Conference for Irish Studies, and a current co-editor of the journal Éire-Ireland. He is the author of:

  • Captain Rock: The Irish Agrarian Rebellion of 1821-1824. (2009).
  • Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture. (2004). editor and chief.
  • The Great Irish Potato Famine. (2001).
  • Irish Popular Culture 1650-1850. (1999), co-edited with Kerby A. Miller.
  • Irish Peasants: Violence & Political Unrest, 1780-1914. (1983), co-edited with Samuel Clark.
  • The Land and the People of Nineteenth-Century Cork: The Rural Economy and Land Question. 1975 (which was awarded the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association)
  • Landlord and Tenant in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. (1973).


  • Article on James S. Donnelly Jr. in the Irish American Post, June 2001, Vol. 2, Issue 1 [1]
  • Article "Professor Discusses Irish Potato Famine at CIS Lecture." In The Current Online the University of Missouri-St. Louis Student Newspaper. Nov. 2004. [2]