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.

Teaching Areas



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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Staff Publications


  • 'Religion, Nationality and Politics: Disestablishment in Ireland and Wales, 1868-1914' in John R. Guy and W. D. Neely (eds.), Contrasts and Comparisons: Studies in Irish and Welsh Church History (Llandysul, Gomer Press, 1999), pp. 89-112.


  • 'Accommodation and Resistance: A Comparison of Cultural Identities in Ireland and Wales, c.1880-1914' in S. J. Connolly (ed.), Kingdoms United? Great Britain and Ireland since 1500 (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 1998), pp. 123-34.
  • 'Of Devolution, Maps and Divided Mentalities: Deconstructing a New National Icon', Planet: the Welsh Internationalist, 127 (Feb/March, 1998), 7-12.


  • 'From the Cradle to the Grave: Popular Catholicism among the Irish in Wales' in Patrick O'Sullivan (ed.), Religion and Identity: The Irish Worldwide Vol. V (London/ New York, Leicester University Press, 1996), pp. 183-95.


  • ''Trais a Thwyll a Cherddi': Y Gwyddelod yng Nghymru, 1798-1882' in Geraint H. Jenkins (ed.), Cof Cenedl IX (1994), pp. 129-62.
  • 'Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1992', Welsh History Review, 17, No. 2 (1994), 304-311.


  • 'Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1991', Welsh History Review, 16, No. 4, (1993), 597-604.


  • 'The Enemy Without: Policing and Class Consciousness in the Miners' Strike', Journal of Law and Society, 19, No. 2 (1992), 284-92.
  • 'A Tolerant Country? Immigrants, Refugees and Minorities in Britain', Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 13, No. 3 (1992), 302-6.
  • 'Articles Relating to the History of Wales Published Mainly in 1990', Welsh History Review, 16, No. 2 (1992), 280-88.


  • 'Anti-Irish Riots in Wales, 1826-1882', Llafur, Journal of Welsh Labour History, 5, No. 4 (1991), 27-36.
  • 'Immigration and the Growth of Pontypridd, 1841-1914', in B. S. Tobin and J. I. Davies (eds.), The Bridge and the Song (Bridgend, 1991), pp. 19-27.


  • 'The Irish in Wales: The Integration of a Minority', CEDPATH 90: The Irish in Britain (London, Department of Education and Science, 1990), pp. 24-6.


  • 'Irish Immigration and the Catholic 'Welsh District', 1840-1850', in G. H. Jenkins and J. B. Smith (eds.), Politics and Society in Wales, 1840-1922: Essays in Honour of Ieuan Gwynedd Jones (Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1988), pp. 29-45.


  • 'Syndicalist Teachers in the Rhondda, 1913-1919', Llafur: the Journal of Welsh Labour History, 4, No. 3 (1985), 80-4.
  • 'The Welsh Political Archive', Llafur: the Journal of Welsh Labour History, 4, No. 2 (1985), 101-2.