James QuinnManaging Editor
Dictionary of Irish Biography
James Quinn is a graduate of UCD: BA (1993) and PhD (1995). In the 1980s he worked as a systems analyst in Dublin and London. He joined the Dictionary of Irish Biography as an editorial assistant (1995-7) and became executive editor (1997-2012) and managing editor (2012-2019; 2021-). In 2009 he helped oversee publication of the Dictionary in 9 hard copy volumes and online. Since then he has edited two further hard copy volumes (2018) and numerous online updates. He has also written over 250 Dictionary entries in areas such as politics, literature, popular culture and sport, and co-edited several specialised volumes of the Dictionary’s work. His research interests lie mainly in Irish eighteenth- and nineteenth-century history, and he has written books on the United Irishman Thomas Russell (2002), the Young Irelander John Mitchel (2008) and Young Ireland and the Writing of Irish History (2015). He has also contributed widely to academic journals and essay collections on various aspects of political and cultural history, biography and historiography.