Academic career

Alan J. M. Noonan is an award-winning historian and writer. His book Mining Irish-American Lives: Western Communities from 1849 to 1920 was published in late 2022 by the University Press of Colorado. The book was awarded The McGowan Prize for Distinguished Book in Irish American History 2023 by the Irish American Cultural Institute.

He holds a BA(Hons) and M.Phil(First) in History. He was awarded M.Phil Student of the Year in 2008.

As a doctoral student at University College Cork he was awarded the prestigious Government of Ireland Glucksman Fellowship to conduct research at New York University. He successfully defended his dissertation during his viva voce in 2013 and taught classes at university for two years. He also holds a M.Sc. in Data Science & Analytics.

After completing his doctorate, he received fellowships at the Library Company in Philadelphia, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC, and the Library of Congress where he was a John A. Kluge Fellow.

He has been a guest lecturer at a wide range of venues, including the Library of Congress, various universities, community colleges, and historical societies. His specializations include Mobility/Migration Studies, the Irish Diaspora, the American West, the Gilded Age/American Industrialization, and Nineteenth and Twentieth Century history.

He has worked in the private sector as a data scientist, a historical consultant, a tour guide, and a digital curator for an international historical preservation project. He has experience in advanced statistical analysis, data analytics, and data visualization that he has used in the course of his work and his writing. In 2022 he became the inaugural Historian in Residence for Cork City Libraries and spoke at a range of functions at Cork City Hall commemorating the Decade of Centenaries.

He is a fan of hurling and handball and is an avid sea swimmer.

Alan J. M. Noonan