Professor Richard English FBA

Modern Irish and British politics and history; nationalism, political violence, and intellectual history; the politics and history of terrorism

Elected 2009

UK Fellow
2009
History, Politics

Professor Richard English CBE FBA MRIA FRSE FRHistS is Professor of Politics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement at Queen's University Belfast, as well as Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. He was born in 1963 in Belfast, and is the author of eight books, including the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006). His most recent book, Does Terrorism Work? A History, was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. He is also the co-editor/editor of a further six books and has published more than forty journal articles and book chapters.

He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence, and on Irish politics and history, including work for the BBC, CNN, ITN, SKY NEWS, NPR, RTE, the Irish Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, and the Financial Times. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA), a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS), an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford, and an Honorary Professor at the University of St Andrews.

Current post

Queen's University Belfast Professor of Politics

Queen's University Belfast Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Queen's University Belfast Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement

Past appointments

University of St Andrews Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV)

Sep 2011 - Jul 2016

University of St Andrews Wardlaw Professor of Politics

Sep 2011 - Jul 2016

Queen’s University Belfast Lecturer; Reader; Professor of Politics

Sep 1990 - Jul 2011

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