Peter Gray took his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Cambridge before holding research fellowships at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's, and at Downing College, Cambridge. He taught Irish and British history at the University of Southampton 1996-2005, before returning to Belfast to take up the positions of Professor of Modern Irish History and Director of Research in Irish and British History at QUB. In 2004 Professor Gray was the Burns Library Visiting Professor in Irish Studies at Boston College, MA, and was Eaton visiting fellow at the University of New Brunswick in 2015. He was chair of the Royal Irish Academy's National Committee for the Historical Sciences 2007-10, and is a member of the editorial board of Irish Historical Studies. He was Head of the School of History and Anthropology 2010-15 and is currently Acting Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at QUB.
Conference: Poverty and Welfare in Ireland c.1833-1948
Conference: The Irish Lord Lieutenancy, c.1541-1922
Professor Gray's research specializes in the history of British-Irish relations c.1800-70, especially the political history of the Great Famine of 1845-50 and the politics of poverty and land in the nineteenth century. He has recently completed a history of the origins and implementation of the 1838 Irish Poor Law Act. He has interests in the history of 19th-century political economy and social thought, in comparative imperial history (especially 19th-century Ireland and India), in historical memory and commemoration, and in the history of the Irish lord lieutenancy. He directed the EPPI project to digitise Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland 1800-1922, and was PI on the AHRC-funded research project 'Welfare and Public Health in Belfast and the north of Ireland, c.1800-1973'. He is currently working on a biography of the Ulster Radical William Sharman Crawford (1780-1861).
Professor Peter Gray teaches on the following programmes / modules:
|Politics and Society in 19th Century Ireland (HIS2011)||Politics and Society in Nineteenth-Century Ireland|
|'The Vast Catastrophe': The Great Famine of the 1840s (HIS3033)||The Vast Catastrophe: The Irish Famine|
|MHY7081||Topics in Irish History|
Current PhD student (lead supervisor):
- Lauren Ferguson, 'Emyr Estyn Evans and the cultural identity of Ulster, c.1929-1969'
- Robyn Atcheson, 'Poverty, poor relief and public health in Belfast c.1800-1851'
- Michelle McCann, '‘A nineteenth-century Irish coroner: William Charles Waddell (1846-76)’
Willingness to take PhD. students
I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
- Nineteenth-century Irish history
- Comparative famine history
- Pre-Troubles history of Northern Ireland
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Irish Historical Society
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.19 SJR 0.103 SNIP 0.279
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.39 SJR 0.687 SNIP 1.46
Cambridge University Press
Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.48 SJR 0.419 SNIP 1.246
Activity: Consultancy, business and community engagement › Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities