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Cian T. McMahon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department(s): History
Office: WRI-A 308
Mail Code: 5020
Phone: 702-895-4025
Email: cian.mcmahon@unlv.edu


Cian T. McMahon holds a joint appointment in the Department of History and Honors College at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (2010), his MA from University College Dublin (2002), and his BA from the University of Manitoba (2000).

In 2015, Dr. McMahon published his first book, entitled The Global Dimensions of Irish Identity: Race, Nation, and the Popular Press, 1840 – 1880 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015). He has also published half a dozen scholarly articles on Irish and American immigration history in a range of journals including the Journal of American Ethnic History, Irish Historical Studies, and American Nineteenth Century History. His next book, tentatively entitled The Coffin Ship: Migration and Community during Ireland's Great Famine, examines the lived experiences of seaborne Irish migrants in the mid-nineteenth century.

At UNLV, McMahon’s transatlantic interests allow him to teach a range of courses in Irish, European, and American history. He also teaches seminars of his own design including “Great Migrations in Modern Human History” and “Soccer and the Making of the Modern World.”

Expert Areas

  • Ireland and the Irish Abroad
  • American Immigration
  • National and Ethnic Identities
  • Print Culture and the Popular Press

Additional Information

Honors Courses taught:

  • HON 410: Did That Really Happen? Reading and Writing Historical Fiction
  • HON 430: Soccer and the Making of the Modern World
  • HON 430: Pirates, Outlaws, and the Popular Imagination