Photograph of Professor Paul O'Leary.Professor Paul O'Leary

BA (Wales)
PhD (Wales)


Office: B19
Phone: +44 (0)1970 622842


Dr Paul O'Leary, BA, PhD (Wales), is a specialist in the history of 19th and early twentieth-century Wales, especially its social and cultural histories. Among other topics, he has written on Irish migration, the history of minority ethnic groups, on urban history and the history of sport. He is currently interested in the international dimensions to the history of Wales by exploring relationships with Ireland, analyzing the impact of imperialism on Welsh life and by studying French-language interpretations of 19th century Wales. He was co-manager of the AHRC-funded Ireland-Wales International Research Network and is co-editor (post-1700) of the Welsh History Review. He is a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College. He is also Director of Welsh Language and Culture in the Institute of Geography, History and Politics.

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PhD Supervision:

  • Paul has extensive experience of postgraduate supervision, having supervised successfully more than thirty postgraduate dissertations on a wide variety of topics in the social, cultural and political history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly in relation to the histories of Wales and the British Isles. The topics studied include aspects of urban history, the history of minority ethnic groups, religious history, political cultures, the history of policing and aspects of the comparative histories of Wales, Ireland and France. He is happy to discuss proposals for future research projects.

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O'Leary, P. 2016. (In press) States of Union: Modern Scotland and British History. Twentieth Century British History DOI 10.1093/tcbh/hwv038


O'Leary, P., Williams, C., Evans, N. (eds) 2015. A Tolerant Nation? Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a Devolved Wales., Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, Caerdydd


O'Leary, P.B. 2013. Town and Nation: Writing Urban Histories in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth- Century Wales. In H. Pryce, N. Evans (eds), Writing a Small Nation's Past., Ashgate Publishing Group


O'Leary, P.B. 2012. Claiming the Streets: Processions and Urban Culture in South Wales, c.1830-1880., Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, Caerdydd

O'Leary, P.B. 2012. Film, History and Anti-Semitism: Solomon & Gaenor (1999) and Representations of the Past. North American Journal of Welsh Studies 7 pp. 38-52. Other


O'Leary, P.B. 2009. Public Intellectuals, Language and Cultural Nationalism in Ireland and Wales: Douglas Hyde and Saunders Lewis. Irish Studies Review 17 (1) pp. 5-18. 10.1080/09670880802658109


O'Leary, P.B. 2008. Mass commodity culture and identity: the Morning Chronicle and Irish migrants in a nineteenth-century Welsh industrial town. Urban History 35 (2) pp. 237-254. 10.1017/S0963926808005476

O'Leary, P.B. 2008. Processions, Power and Public Space: Corpus Christi at Cardiff, 1872-1914. The Welsh History Review Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 24 (1) pp. 77-101.


O'Leary, P. 2007. Arming the Citizens: the Volunteer Force in Nineteenth-Century Wales. In M. Cragoe, C. Williams (eds), Wales and War: Society, Politics and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries., Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru pp. 63-81. Cadair Other

O'Leary, P. 2007. Networking Respectability: Class, Gender and Ethnicity among the Irish in South Wales, 1845-1914. In E. Delaney, D. MacRaild (eds), Irish Migration, Networks and Ethnic Identities since 1750., Taylor & Francis pp. 63-74. Cadair


O'Leary, P. 2005. Networking Respectability: Class, Gender and Ethnicity among the Irish in South Wales, 1845-1914. Immigrants and Minorities 23 (2-3) pp. 255-275. 10.1080/02619280500188310 Cadair


O'Leary, P. 2004. Irish Migrants in Modern Wales., Liverpool University Press Cadair Other


O'Leary, P. 1999. Religion, Nationality and Politics: Disestablishment in Ireland and Wales, 1868-1914. In J. Guy, W. Neely (eds), Contrasts and Comparisons: Studies in Irish and Welsh Church History., Gomer Press, Llandysul pp. 89-112.


O'Leary, P. 1998. Accommodation and Resistance: A Comparison of Cultural Identities in Ireland and Wales, c.1880-1914. In S. Connolly (ed), Kingdoms United? Great Britain and Ireland since 1500., Four Courts Press, Dublin pp. 123-134.

O'Leary, P. 1998. Of Devolution, Maps and Divided Mentalities: Deconstructing a New National Icon. Planet: The Welsh Internationalist 127 pp. 7-12.


O'Leary, P. 1996. From the Cradle to the Grave: Popular Catholicism among the Irish in Wales. In P. O'Sullivan (ed), Religion and Identity: The Irish Worldwide., Octopus Publishing Group, London/New York pp. 183-195. Other


O'Leary, P. 1994. 'Trais a Thwyll a Cherddi': Y Gwyddelod yng Nghymru, 1798-1882. In G. Jenkins (ed), Ysgrifau ar hanes Cymru. Cof Cenedl, Gomer Press pp. 129-162.

O'Leary, P. 1994. Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1992. The Welsh History Review Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 17 (2) pp. 304-311. Other


O'Leary, P. 1993. Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1991. The Welsh History Review Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 16 (4) pp. 597-604. Other


Paddison, R., Weir, K., Songdergaard, B., O'Leary, P. 1992. A Tolerant Country? Immigrants, Refugees and Minorities in Britain. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 13 (3) pp. 302-306. 10.1080/01434632.1992.9994498 Other

O'Leary, P. 1992. Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1990. The Welsh History Review Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru 16 (2) pp. 280-288. Other

O'Leary, P. 1992. The Enemy Without: Policing and Class Consciousness in the Miners' Strike. Journal of Law and Society 19 (2) pp. 284-292. Other


O'Leary, P. 1991. Anti-Irish Riots in Wales, 1826-1882. Llafur 5 (4) pp. 27-36.

O'Leary, P. 1991. Immigration and the Growth of Pontypridd, 1841-1914. In B. Tobin, J. Davies (eds), The Bridge and the Song., , Bridgend pp. 19-27.


O'Leary, P. 1990. The Irish in Wales: The Integration of a Minority. CEDPATH 90: The Irish in Britain., Department for Education, London pp. 24-26.


O'Leary, P. 1988. Irish Immigration and the Catholic 'Welsh District', 1840-1850. In G. Jenkins, J. Smith (eds), Politics and Society in Wales, 1840-1922: Essays in Honour of Ieuan Gwynedd Jones., Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru, Cardiff pp. 29-45.


O'Leary, P. 1986. 'Syndicalist Teachers' in the Rhondda 1913-1919: A Comment. Llafur 4 (3) pp. 80-84.


O'Leary, P. 1985. The Welsh Political Archive. Llafur 4 (2) pp. 101-102.