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Dr. Vincent Carey

Professor of History
Chair of Sport & Wellness

My current research project is a book on atrocities and atrocity literature in early modern Ireland. It is tentatively titled, Atrocity, History and Memory: Ireland in European Perspective.


  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1991. Specialization: History
  • M.A., National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 1985. Specialization: History
  • Diploma: National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 1983. Specialization: Education
  • B.A., National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 1982 (with Honors). Specialization: History and Geography

Teaching Areas

  • Social history of early modern Europe.
  • Colonialism and European expansion in the early modern world.
  • Intellectual history: humanism, reformation and the renaissance.
  • Sixteenth century Ireland.
  • Tudor England.

Research Areas

  • Ireland in the sixteenth century.
  • Renaissance influences on early modern English colonialism.
  • Early modern English literature on Ireland.
  • Early modern Europe.

Recent Publications

  • “‘As lief to the gallows as go to the Irish wars’: Human Rights and the Abuse of the Elizabethan Soldier in Ireland, 1600-1603,” History 99 (July, 2014), 468-86.
  • “‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’: Gender and Geraldine Power on the Pale Border” in Thomas Herron and Michael Potterton, eds., Dublin and the Pale in the Renaissance (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011), 93-103.
  • “Elizabeth I and State Terror in Sixteenth Century Ireland” in Donald Stump, Linda Shenk and Carole Levin, eds., Elizabeth I and the ‘Sovereign Arts’: Essays in Literature, History, and Culture” (Tempe, AZ: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies), 2011, 201-216.
  • “Icons of Atrocity: John Derricke’s Image of Irelande” (1581) in Allison Kavey, ed. World Building and the Early Modern Imagination (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 233-254.
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