About this Fellow
Sean Connolly was born in Dublin, and studied at University College, Dublin, and what was then the New University of Ulster. He held posts at the Public Record Office of Ireland (now National Archives of Ireland), St Patrick’s College, Dublin, and the New University of Ulster, before becoming Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1996. He has held Fellowships at the Folger Library, Washington DC, and the European University Institute, Florence, and twice served as editor of the journal Irish Economic and Social History.
- Professor of Irish History (emeritus), Queen’s University, Belfast
History, especially the History of Early Modern Ireland, Britain and Europe and Atlantic History
British social and religious history of the C16th and C17th; social practices of elites, especially hospitality and gift-exchange; the political and cultural nature of religious identity in Britain and Ireland
Intellectual history of late 17th century Britain, especially the early Royal Society and the 'decline of magic'; editions of Robert Boyle and others; visual culture.
The English Renaissance and Reformation; literary coteries; Reformation diplomacy