Donnelly, James S(tephen), Jr. 1943-

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DONNELLY, James S(tephen), Jr. 1943-

PERSONAL: Born January 19, 1943, in New York, NY; son of James Stephen and Evelyn (Kunar) Donnelly; married Joan Murphy, September 5, 1964; children: Jennifer, Eileen, Elizabeth. Education: Fordham College (now University), A.B., 1964; Harvard University, M.A., 1965, Ph.D., 1971. Politics: Liberal Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic.

ADDRESSES: Home—532 East St., Stoughton, WI 53589. Office—Department of History, University of Wisconsin, 5112 Mosse Humanities, Madison, WI 53706. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, assistant professor of history, 1969-72; University of Wisconsin, Madison, assistant professor, 1972-75, associate professor, 1975-80, professor of history, 1980—, chair of department. Member of executive committee of United Faculty, American Federation of Teachers; member of the executive committee of Wisconsin University Union. Co-editor of Eire-Ireland.

MEMBER: American Historical Association, American Committee for Irish Studies, Conference on British Studies, Economic History Society, Economic Past and Present Society, Irish Historical Society, Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS: Herbert Baxter Adams Prize, American Historical Association, 1975, for The Land and the People of Nineteenth-Century Cork; Guggenheim fellowship, 1980-81; member of School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 1980-81; senior research fellowship, Queen's University of Belfast, 1998-90.


Landlord and Tenant in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Gill & Macmillan, 1973.

The Land and the People of Nineteenth-Century Cork: The Rural Economy and the Land Question, Routledge & Kegan Paul (London, England), 1975.

Agrarian Violence and Secret Societies in Ireland, 1760-1845, Volume I, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1982.

(Editor, with Samuel Clark) Irish Peasants: Violence and Political Unrest, 1780-1914, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 1983.

Irish Agrarian Rebellion, 1760-1800, Irish Academic Press (Dublin, Ireland), 1995.

(Editor, with Kerby A. Miller) Irish Popular Culture, 1650-1850, Irish Academic Press (Dublin, Ireland), 1998.

(Author of foreword) Sable Wings over the Land: Ennis, County Clare, and Its Wider Community during the Great Famine, Clasp Press, 1998.

The Great Irish Potato Famine, Sutton, 2001.

Contributor to Irish studies and history journals.

SIDELIGHTS: James S. Donnelly's book The Great Irish Potato Famine chronicles the tragic events of 1840s Ireland when a potato blight destroyed that country's staple crop and caused the deaths of some one million people. The famine also drove millions more to immigrate to North America and other regions, drastically depleting Ireland's population. Donnelly has spent many decades studying Irish history. He told Lisa Schuetz in the Wisconsin State Journal that The Great Irish Potato Famine is "the product of a lifetime's reflection." Charlie Cowling in Library Journal described the book as "intelligent, thought-provoking, and well-written," and concluded that The Great Irish Potato Famine is "a very useful survey and synthesis of the current debates about and researches into the origins and causes of the famine."



Albion, fall, 1999, review of Irish Popular Culture, 1650-1850, p. 553.

American Historical Review, February, 1987, Kevin O'Neill, review of Irish Peasants: Violence and Political Unrest, 1780-1914, p. 137; December, 1999, L. M. Cullen, review of Irish Popular Culture, 1650-1850, p. 1760.

Irish Literary Supplement, fall, 1998, review of Irish Popular Culture, 1650-1850, p. 22.

Library Journal, April 1, 2001, Charlie Cowling, review of The Great Irish Potato Famine, p. 113.

Reference and Research Book News, November, 1999, review of Irish Popular Culture, 1650-1850, p. 28.

Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), November 30, 1997, "Hungrier Times: Holiday Feast Prompts Memory of Irish Famine," p. C1; March 17, 2001, Lisa Schuetz, "Roots of the Potato Famine: UW Professor Traces Irish Disaster to U.S.," p. A1.