? The English Diaspora

Dr David Gleeson

Dr David Gleeson


David Gleeson is a native of Ireland but has spent the last 18 years studying and teaching in the United States. He comes to Northumbria from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was Director of the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World.

The English Diaspora

David is interested in studying the English Diaspora because it will help understand better concepts of American identity and nationality in the nineteenth-century.


David is currently working on a manuscript entitled 'The Green and the Gray: The Irish and the Confederate States of America.' He is also editing a collection of essays for the University of South Carolina Press entitled Ambiguous Anniversary: The Banning of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, A Bicentennial Inquiry. Moreover, David recently submitted an article on Irish Americans and the Slave trade to American Nineteenth Century History.

Select Publications

[with Don MacRaild and Tanja Bueltmann], 'Invisible Diaspora? English Ethnicity in the United States before 1920', Journal of American Ethnic History 33, 4 (2014), pp. 5-30.
[as editor with Tanja Bueltmann and Don MacRaild], Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012).
[as editor], The Irish in the Atlantic World (University of South Carolina Press, 2010).
‘Securing the “Interests” of the South: John Mitchel, A. G. Magrath, and the Reopening of the Transatlantic Slave Trade,’ American Nineteenth Century History 11, 3 (2010).

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