Kevin O’Sullivan is a Lecturer in History at National University of Ireland Galway and director of the BA History & Globalisation Studies. Prior to coming to Galway, he was a Irish Research Council/Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Birmingham and an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. He was awarded his PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2008.
His interests are in international history, particularly the areas of globalisation, humanitarianism, NGOs and human rights. His first book, Ireland, Africa and the End of Empire: Small State Identity in the Cold War, 1955-75, was published by Manchester University Press in 2012, and he has published articles in European Review of History, Humanity, International History Review, Irish Historical Studies, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Journal of Genocide Research, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, and Past and Present. In addition to contributing to several collections of essays, he has also co-edited special issues of European Review of History (2016) and Moving the Social (2017) on the history of humanitarianism. He been a visiting fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and at Carleton University, Ottawa.
In addition to his academic work, Kevin has collaborated on UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Irish Research Council funded projects with colleagues from the NGO sector, as well as contributing to the Overseas Development Institute’s Global History of Modern Humanitarian Action programme. He was a founding member of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History and the Transnational Ireland research network, and previously served as a member of the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences.