Peter Gray (historian)

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Peter Gray (born 1965) is Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. He specializes in the history of British-Irish relations in the 19th century, particularly the Great Irish Famine.

He is a member of the International Network of Irish Famine Studies,[1] and a member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians.[2] Gray was Head of the School of History and Anthropology and Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast from 2010 to 2015.[3] In 2015 Gray was an Eaton Visitor Fellow at the University of New Brunswick, researching the impact of the Great Famine on New Brunswick.[4]


Professor Donald MacRaild of the University of Ulster called Famine, Land and Politics "by far the best book written on the Famine".[5]


  • Famine, Land and Politics: British Government and Irish Society, 1843-50 (Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 1999).
  • The Irish Lord Lieutenancy: c. 1541-1922, Peter Gray and Olwen Purdue eds., (2012).
  • The Memory of Catastrophe, with Kendrick Oliver (Manchester University Press, 2004).
  • La Grande Famine en Irlande, 1845-1851. with Pauline Collombier-Lakeman (Paris: Editions Fahrenheit, 2015).



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