About this Fellow
From Belfast, Northern Ireland. BA Queen's University Belfast, DPhil Oxford University. Role in Northern Ireland peace process, particularly as a member of the international peace commission, Opsahl Commission, 1992-93 and co-author of its report, A Citizens' Inquiry (1993). Co-founder Conference of Irish Historians in Britain (1976) and British Association for Irish Studies (1985). Awarded OBE 2000 for services to peace in Northern Ireland and Irish Studies in Britain. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2002. Delivered Ford Lectures in Oxford in 2005.
- Professor Emeritus, University of Liverpool
- Lecturer in History, Birkbeck College University of London, 1991 - 1993
- Andrew Geddis and John Rankin Professor of Modern History, University of Liverpool, 1993 - 2008
- Blair Chair and Director, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, University of Liverpool, 1997 - 2015
- Research Fellow, University of Liverpool, 1984 - 1987
- Professor Emeritus, University of Liverpool, 2015
- Simon Research Fellow, University of Manchester, 1988 - 1990
British Academy Appointments
- Member of Council | previously Member of Council 2006 - 2009, 2015 -
The art and architecture of Venice and the Veneto; Renaissance architectural history and theory; the relationship between Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean; and music and architecture in the Renaissance
History of science, 16th-19th centuries.: probability and statistics; scientific observation; objectivity; formal theories of rationality
Religions history, 'Histoire de l'imaginaire', Wars of religion, War & peace during the European Renaissance, astrology, early modern political thought.
The Holy Roman Empire in its European context from the fifteenth century to 1806; the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire in German-speaking central Europe from 1806 to the present