The Catholic University of America

March 16, 2010

St. Patrick’s Day Sources at The Catholic University of America

The following experts at The Catholic University of America are available to discuss Ireland and Irish-American culture, history and literature. For assistance in reaching experts, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

  • Timothy J. Meagher, associate professor of history and curator of the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, is an expert in American urban and ethnic group history, especially that of Irish immigrants. He specializes in the study of Irish-American popular culture. His book, Inventing Irish America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), won the American Conference for Irish Studies' James Donnelly Prize for the year's best book about Irish and Irish-American history. He is also the author of A Guide to Irish American History (Columbia University Press, 2005).

    Contact Timothy Meagher at 202-319-5065 or by e-mail at

  • David Walsh, professor of politics, is a specialist in political theory. He can comment on the current economic and political scene in Ireland and the collapse of the Celtic Tiger — the period of rapid economic growth in Ireland from 1995 to 2007.

    Walsh is the author of a three-volume study of modernity addressing the totalitarian crisis, the resurgence of liberal democracy, and the philosophical revolution of the modern world. Intended as a guide to the multiple facets of the age in which we live, the volumes appeared as After Ideology: Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom (1990), The Growth of the Liberal Soul (1997), and The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence (2008).

    Contact David Walsh at 202-319-5128 or

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.