David Wilson


On Leave

July 01, 2020 to June 30, 2021
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 3114


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Modern Irish History; Irish in North America; the Atlantic Revolution; state security and civil liberty; revolutionary movements; religion and nationalism.


With a background in modern North Atlantic history, David A. Wilson specializes in Modern Irish History and the Irish in North America. His books include Paine and Cobbett: The Transatlantic ConnectionIreland, a Bicycle and a Tin WhistleUnited Irishmen, United States: Immigrant Radicals in the Early Republic; and The History of the Future. He has edited or co-edited books on Peter Porcupine in America: Pamphlets on Republicanism and RevolutionUlster Presbyterians in the Atlantic WorldThe Orange Order in CanadaIrish Nationalism in Canada; and Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples.

Prof. Wilson's Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Volume 1: Passion, Reason, and Politics 1825-57 received the Raymond Klibansky Prize from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and was co-winner of the James S. Donnelly prize given by the American Conferencefor Irish Studies. His Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Volume 2:  The Extreme Moderate won the Canadian Historical Association Political History prize.

Prof. Wilson is a recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award. He is currently the General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and is writing a book on the Fenian underground in Canada.