Patrick McDevitt


Professor Patrick McDevitt.

Patrick McDevitt


Patrick McDevitt



Modern Europe; Modern Ireland; Modern Britain; Imperialism and colonialism; Social and cultural history, including fashion and sport


  • PhD, Rutgers, 1999
  • MA, Rutgers, 1996
  • BA [Hons], Canterbury (NZ), 1994
  • BA, NYU, 1992

Courses Regularly Taught

199: Athletics and the University
249: Modern Sport and Recreation
318: Modern Ireland
321: Victorian History
325: 20th c. Britain
420: Soccer and Global Society
420: History of Masculinity
475: The Great War
564: Imperialism and Decolonization

Research Interests

Modern Ireland, Great Britain, the Atlantic World, Haiti, Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Popular culture, fashion, sports, famine, liberation theology & social justice

Current Research

I am currently writing a book entitled “The Great Irish Famine: A Global History.”

Selected Publications

May The Best Man Win: Sport, Masculinity and Nationalism in Great Britain and the Empire 1880-1935 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004; paperback 2008)

“Douglas Jardine and Masculinity in the Bodyline Affair” in Jeffrey Hill and Anthony Bateman, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Cricket (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

“Les Gender Studies à l’épreuve du sport en situation coloniale” in Pierre Singaravélou and Julien Sorez, eds. L’Empire des sports: Une histoire globale du sport en situation coloniale (éditions Complexe, 2010)

“The King of Sports: Polo in late Victorian and Edwardian India” International Journal of the History of Sport. Volume 20, Number 1, 2003.

“Muscular Catholicism: Nationalism, Masculinity, and Gaelic Team Sports, 1884-1916.” Gender and History, Volume 9, Number 2, 1997.  Reprinted in Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History (Duke University Press, 2005)

Guest editor, with Richard I. Jobs, Journal of Social History special issue, “Kith and Kin: Personal Relationships and Cultural Practice, 1830-1980” Vol. 29, Number 2, December 2005.

“Ireland, Latin America and an Atlantic Liberation Theology” in Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and Erik R. Seeman, eds. The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000 (Prentice Hall,2006)


  • UB Honors College Faculty Fellow 2015-2017
  • NEH Summer Institute Grant, 2011
  • UB Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship, 2011
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization 2003 (with Jason Young)
  • Associate Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, 2000-2001
  • Faculty of Arts & Sciences Graduate Research Award, Rutgers University, 1998
  • Fulbright Grantee to New Zealand, 1992
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender [IREWG]
  • Baldy Center
  • Book Review Co-Editor (with Claire Schen) of the Journal of British Studies, 2005-09