A native of Blarney in Co. Cork, Caoimhín De Barra joined the history faculty at Gonzaga University in the fall of 2018. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 2014 and was previously employed as the assistant professor of Irish history and culture at Drew University in New Jersey.
Dr. De Barra’s main research interest is in the relationship between language and identity, as part of a broader focus on the history of nationalism. He has taught courses on British, Irish and European history, in addition to courses on imperialism and nationalism.
Aside from his research and teaching, Dr. De Barra is an avid sports fan, including of the ancient Irish sport of hurling, and coaches the Gonzaga hurling team.
He is a passionate supporter of the Irish language and advocate for its revival. He also occasionally writes opinion pieces on the relationship between history and contemporary politics.