Marion R Casey

Clinical Assistant Professor of Irish Studies; Director of Undergraduate Irish Studies

Ph.D., 1998, New York University; M.A., New York University; B.A. University College, Dublin

Research Interests: 

Irish America, Irish Diaspora, Ethnic Groups in American History, New York City, Film & History, Material & Popular Culture, Public History

External Affiliations:

New York Irish History Roundtable; Irish Institute of New York; Senior Archivist, Archives of Irish America

Bio:

After receiving her undergraduate degree from University College Dublin, Marion Casey came to New York University for her graduate work, studying with American immigration historian David M. Reimers. Her career at NYU has included a three year appointment as Assistant Professor of History/Faculty Fellow in Irish-American Studies; Associate Editor, Glucksman Ireland House; and Senior Archivist, Archives of Irish America, Bobst Library.

Professor Casey’s research and teaching interests are Irish America, Irish Diaspora, Ethnic Groups in American History, New York City, Film and History, Material & Popular Culture, Oral History, and Public History.

In addition to journal articles, her publications include essays in Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States (2006, a volume she co-edited with J.J. Lee), Race and Ethnicity in America: A Concise History (2003), and The New York Irish (1996), as well as the major entries on the Irish in The Encyclopedia of New York City (1995, rev. for 2nd edition, 2009) and The Encyclopedia of New York State (2005). She has production credits on the video documentaries Emigrant Savings Bank, 1850-2000: The Spirit of Thrift (2000) and From Shore to Shore: Irish Traditional Music in New York City (1993), in addition to the online exhibition 1981 Hunger Strikes: America Reacts (2001). Johns Hopkins University Press will publish her forthcoming manuscript on the Irish image in America popular culture.

Fellowships/Honors:

March 2010 Irish Woman of the Year, New York City Department of Education, IAH Committee
April 2005 Commendation, Office of the Comptroller of the City of New York
April 2004 Henry P. Lannen Award, New York Irish History Roundtable
April 2001 Hibernian Research Award, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, Notre Dame
February 2000 Irish Research Fund Award, Irish American Cultural Institute
January 1999 Centennial Historian of the City of New York

Selected Works:

Religious Freedom: Bicentennial Reflections on People v. Philips,  Editor, (forthcoming, NY: Fordham University Press, 2016)

"Victor Herbert, Nationalism, and Musical Expression," forthcoming, Independent Spirit: America and the Easter 1916 Rising, ed. Miriam Nyhan Grey (University College Dublin Press, 2016)

"John 'The Yank' Kilgallon and His Fight for Ireland's Freedom," co-authored with Ed Shevlin, forthcoming, Independent Spirit: America and the Easter 1916 Rising, ed. Miriam Nyhan Grey (University College Dublin Press, 2016)

"Rebellion in the Age of Cable News," Irish America Magazine (February/March 2016), pp. 86-88

"Cornerstone of Memory: John Hughes & St. Patrick's Cathedral," American Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. 12 (2015), pp. 10-56

“Big Differences," review of William Jenkins, Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916 for Breac, A Digital Journal of Irish Studies (University of Notre Dame), September 2015

"How Waves or Irish Became Americans," NYTimes.com / Room for Debate, November 15, 2012; licensed by Pearson Education for its Common Core System of Courses (2014).

"Emigrant as Historian: Records, Banking and Irish American Scholarship," American Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. 10 (2011)

"Close Encounters of the Irish Kind," American Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. 8 (2011), pp. 158–168

"The Irish Hunger Memorial, Battery Park City, New York," Journal of American History 98:3 (December 2011), pp. 779–782

Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States,  Editor, with Joe Lee (NY: New York University Press, 2006)

Ireland, New York and the Irish Image in American Popular Culture, 1890-1960
(Ph.D. New York University, 1998)

The Irish Experience in New York City: A Select Bibliography, co-authored with Ann M. Shea (NY: distr. Syracuse University Press, 1995)

“Performing Ireland, Becoming American,” exhibition catalog essay for Ireland America: The Ties that Bind (New York: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 2011)

“Irish” (main entry, extensive revision of 1st edition entry), The Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd edition), Kenneth T. Jackson, ed. (Yale University Press, 2010)

“Emigrant Savings Bank: Its First Decade and New Research Possibilities,” Introduction  to Irish Immigrants of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank: Test Book No. 1, Vol. III, Kevin J. Rich ed. (New York: by the author, 2010)

“Family, History, and Irish America,” Journal of American Ethnic History, 28:4 (Summer 2009)

“Refractive History: Memory and the Founders of the Emigrant Savings Bank” in Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States,  J.J. Lee & M.R. Casey, eds. (NY: New York University Press, 2006) 

“Before Riverdance: A Brief History of Irish Step Dancing in America” in Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States,  J.J. Lee & M.R. Casey, eds. (New York University Press, 2006) 

“The Irish” (main entry), Encyclopedia of New York State, edited by Peter Eisenstadt (NY: Syracuse University Press, 2005)

“The Limits of Equality: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Republic, 1789-1836” in Race and Ethnicity in America: A Concise History, Ronald H. Bayor, ed. (NY: Columbia University Press, 2004); this essay plus commentary on thirty documents from the period 1789-1836 also appears in The Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America, Ronald H. Bayor, ed. (NY: Columbia University Press, 2004)

“The Irish in New York,” Encyclopedia of Ireland, Brian Lalor, ed. (New Haven: Yale University Press/ Dublin: Gill & Macmillan,  2003)

“Irish American Studies & Undergraduate Pedagogy,” Journal of American Ethnic History, 21:4 (Summer 2002)

“Irish Americans,” Encyclopedia of American Studies, George Kurian, Miles Orvell, Johnnella Butler, Jay Mechling, eds. (CT: Grolier Educational, 2001)

Emigrant Savings Bank, since 1850, The Spirit of Thrift, Co-Producer & Historian (documentary, VHS, Time Lapse Media/Emigrant Bancorp, 2000)

"Capital Punishment & the New York Irish," in New York Irish History, Vol. 12 (1998)

“From the East Side to the Seaside: Irish Americans on the Move in New York City, 1900-1960" in The New York Irish, Ronald H. Bayor and Timothy J. Meagher, eds. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996)

From Shore to Shore: Irish Traditional Music in New York City, Historian & Associate Producer (documentary, VHS, Cherry Lane Productions, 1993)

Recent Media:

Corey Kilgannon, "Student of Irish Language Brings to Life a Patriot of the Easter Rising," New York Times , March 15, 2016 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/nyregion/student-of-irish-language-brings-to-life-a-patriot-of-the-easter-rising.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

Dylan Haskin's Arena report ( RTE Radio 1, broadcast 6 June 2011), interviewed about “Ireland America: The Ties that Bind” exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/arena/programmes/2011/0606/352380-arena-monday-6th-june-2011/
select the link under "Imagine Ireland"

Brian Lehrer Live (CUNY-TV Ch. 75 New York City), interviewed forGetting past the stereotypes on St. Patrick's Day”  Taped: 03/17/2010 -- begins approx. 28 mins into hour-long program   

http://www.cuny.tv/show/brianlehrer/PR1011480

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