Professor Joe Lee is Director of Glucksman Ireland House and Professor of History and Irish Studies at New York University.
He went to New York University in 2002 from University College Cork, where he chaired the History Department and served for periods as Dean of Arts and as Vice President. Educated at University College Dublin, the Institute for European History in Mainz, and Peterhouse, Cambridge, he has also been a Fellow of Peterhouse, and held Visiting Fellow/Professor appointments as Senior Parnell Research Fellow in Irish Studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge; the Austrian Academy, Vienna; the European University, Florence; the University of Edinburgh; Mellon Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Distinguished Professor of World Peace, LBJ Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; and Exchange Professor of Government at Colby College.
Lee served sixteen years as Chair of the Fulbright Commission for Ireland, 1980–96, and four years as an elected Independent member of the Irish Senate, and of the British-Irish Parliamentary Committee, from 1993 to 1997. Elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 1986, and an Eisenhower Fellow in 1989, he succeeded the inaugural director of Glucksman Ireland House, Professor Bob Scally, in 2002. Awarded an Honorary DLitt by the National University of Ireland in 2006, Professor Lee’s current research focuses on nineteenth-century Irish nationalist Michael Davitt, on nationalism, and on Irish and Irish-American historiography in a trans-national context.
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