Dr Peter Leary

Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow in History

School of History, Philosophy and Culture

Peter Leary


Peter Leary is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow in History at Oxford Brookes University. After completing his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast he was the Canon Murray Fellow in Irish History at the University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London. He is the author of Unapproved routes: histories of the Irish border, 1922–72 (Oxford University Press, 2016), winner of the American Conference for Irish Studies Donald Murphy Prize and shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize and the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize.

Teaching and supervision

Peter is available to supervise undergraduate dissertations, especially those relating to late nineteenth and twentieth-century Ireland. Peter specialises in the lived experience of Partition, its impact and contested legacy. His research interests concern the interface of politics and political identity with social and cultural history and he is happy to supervise topics relating to the Irish revolution, Northern Ireland Troubles, nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish nationalism and unionism, sectarianism, conflict and border studies.


Listen here to Mind your P’s and queues: history and the Irish Border,’ a keynote lecture given by Peter at 'Partitions and borders: a comparative and interdisciplinary conference' jointly organised by University College Dublin and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, at University College Dublin, May 2018.


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Customs in practice: the introduction of a customs barrier on the Irish border, 1 April 1923 (01/09/2022 - 30/06/2023), funded by: Royal Irish Academy, funding amount received by Brookes: £4,615


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