Madden-Hennebry Family Professor of Irish-American Studies
For Patrick Griffin, all roads lead to Notre Dame. He first came to the University as an undergraduate from Jersey City. His great-aunt, a domestic servant and immigrant from Cork, helped fund his education at Notre Dame. He then went on to graduate work at Columbia and Northwestern.
This was the foundation of a distinguished academic career. Griffin’s work is Atlantic in scope, covering conventional Irish-American topics and the early modern histories of America, Britain, and Ireland. He has published books on Atlantic migration and revolution, as well as a number of essays on such topics as identity in Ireland and America, imperial history, and comparative violence in Ireland, Scotland, and America.
The Madden Hennebry Collegiate Professorship was established by John Madden (’59, ’62 MA), a member of the Ireland Advisory Council and the College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council. John and his late wife, Lenore Hennebry Madden, have also supported the Irish studies program at Notre Dame with the endowment of a library collection and a lecture series.