Dr Regina Donlon

Lecturer in Irish History


Dr Regina Donlon graduated with first class honours degree in German and History from NUI Maynooth in 2008. She then began a PGDE qualification which was awarded the following year. Donlon’s doctoral research used comparative and transnational methodologies to explore German and Irish immigration to the American Midwest in the second half of the nineteenth century. In 2014 she was awarded a prestigious Irish Research Council Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Moore Institute at NUI Galway for a project entitled ‘The Tuke Irish in Minnesota: transnational analysis of assisted emigration to the American Midwest, 1880-1930’. Before becoming a lecturer in Carlow College, St Patrick’s, Dr Donlon worked in the Department of History at Maynooth University.

Research Interest

Regina’s research interests lie in the field of nineteenth and twentieth century Irish history, with a particular focus on the Irish diaspora. Her research is underpinned by the use of comparative and transnational methodologies and explores Irish emigrant and immigrant experiences through social, economic, religious, political and gendered lenses. Her current research is focused on return migration to Ireland from the United States during the revolutionary era.



  • German and Irish immigrants in the Midwestern United States, 1850-1900 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)


Peer Reviewed Articles

  • John O’Keeffe and the Fenian Brotherhood in the American West and Midwest, 1866-1890’ in New Hibernia Review, (2017) xxi No. 1, pp 86-103


Book chapters

  • ‘Constructing an immigrant profile: using statistics to identify famine immigrants in Toledo, Ohio, 1850-1900’ in Ciaran Reilly (ed.), The Famine Irish: emigration and the great hunger (Dublin, 2016), pp 131-45.



  • ‘Did it really matter? Roscommon women and the Easter Rising’ in Journal of Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society, May 2016, pp 21-22.


B.A. in German and History (NUI Maynooth, 2008), Post-graduate Diploma in Education (NUI Maynooth, 2009), PhD (History) (Maynooth University, 2014).