Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • University College Cork (Ireland)
  • Lampeter Geography School (Wales, UK)


  • Introduction to Human Geography (GEOG101)
  • From Earth to Home (GEOG100)
  • Political Geography (GEOG211)
  • Europe in an Age of Globalization (GEOG214)
  • Geographies of Nationalism (GEOG316)
  • Geographies of Conflict (CAPS411/414)
  • Community Organizations in Northern Ireland (PSYCH231/GEOG2XX)
  • Sectarian Conflict in Northern Ireland (PSYCH330/GEOG3XX)

Research Interests

  • Professor Mulligan's research interests concern the concept of nationalism, and its intersection with race, gender and sexuality in the socio-spatial construction of subjectivity—focusing in particular on the 'Atlantic world', and realizing a contemporary need to uncover 'useful histories'.
  • He has published in Historical GeographyGender, Place and Culture, and Social and Cultural Geography.
  • He is currently working on a number of scholarly papers, for example, one which explores Frederick Douglass's abolitionist lecture tour of Ireland in the 1840s, another which utilizes the theory of Michel Foucault to consider the space of the ship in the Atlantic world, and another which explores questions of American vs. British citizenship and territoriality in the 1860s. In addition to being an Arizona alumnus, Adrian Mulligan is also a proud graduate of University College Cork (Ireland), and the Lampeter Geography School (Wales, UK).

Recent Presentations

  • 'Beyond the limits of the American eagle': Frederick Douglass, Ireland, and the realization of freedom', Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Washington DC, 2010.
  • "'I breath, and lo! The chattel becomes a man': the diasporic transformation of Frederick Douglass in the Emerald Isle", Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Boston, MA, 2008.
  • "Countering Exclusion: the 'St. Pats for All' Parade", Annual Meeting, Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers, Reading, PA. 2007.
  • "Countering exclusion: the 'St. Pats for All' Parade and the Construction of Alternative Irish Diasporic Direction", American Conference for Irish Studies -Mid-Atlantic Regional, Kutztown, PA, 2006
  • "Shamrocks and Shenanigans: the St. Patrick's Day Parades of New York City", Sixth European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2006.
  • "The 'Solid Man': A Case of Misplaced Concreteness in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade", Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Denver, CO, 2005.
  • "More than a 'Petticoat Screen': the LadiesLand League and the Transnational Development of Irish Nationalism", Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA, 2004.
  • "Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: The 1867 Rising and the Transatlantic (de)(re)territorializationof Irish Nationalism", Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin 2003.

Recent Activities

  • Fall 2010— Designed a new course, Historical Geographies of the Susquehanna: Interconnection, Identity and Place. The course considers how a number of key events in the history of the Susquehanna region were shaped by the fact that they happened in the Susquehanna region, a forgotten yet immensely important river valley in the history of the United States and the broader Atlantic World. The course focuses on periods of Colonial encounter, African-American escape, and Irish American embeddedness.
  • Spring and Fall 2009 — designed and co-taught (with Prof. Duane Griffin) a brand new, human-environmental, introductory geography course, From Earth to Home.
  • Summer 2009 — co-directed (with Prof. Bill Flack) the Bucknell in Northern Ireland program, special focus identities & reconciliation; the possibilities of finding common ground
  • Co-chair, 2004-05 Bucknell Social Science Colloquium Series, "Thinking Space: New Directions in Human Geography".

Selected Publications


Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2001. "A forgotten 'Greater Ireland': the transatlantic development of Irish nationalism, 1848-1882." Advisor: Sallie A. Marston.

M.Phil. University College Cork, 1996. "The concept of landscape and its use in articulating and narrating an Irish national identity, 1895-1901." Advisor W.J. Smyth.


(2009) 'By a thousand ingenious feminine devices’: The Ladies’ Land League and the development of Irish nationalism, Historical Geography.

(2008) Countering exclusion: the 'St. Pats for All' parade, Gender, Place and Culture, 15(2), pp. 153-167.

(2008) Parading possibility: 'St. Pats for All' and the re-imagining of Irishness, in D. McNamara, Which Direction Ireland? (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

(2005) Absence makes the heart grow fonder: transatlantic Irish nationalism and the 1867 Rising, Social and Cultural Geography, 16(3), pp.439-454.

(2004) Pleasure zones: bodies, cities, spaces, by David Bell et al, (Review) Gender, Place and Culture, 11(1), pp. 158-159.

(2003) The handbook of cultural geography, by Kay Anderson et al. (Review) Space and Polity, 7(3), pp. 314-316.

(2002) A forgotten 'Greater Ireland': the transatlantic development of Irish Nationalism, Scottish Geographical Journal, 118(3), pp.219-234.

FORTHCOMING  (in some shape or another!)

  • 'Beyond the limits of the American eagle': Frederick Douglass, Ireland, and the realization of freedom.
  • 'Under Protecting WIng': Frederick Douglass, the 'Cambria Riot' and the ship as a form of heterotopia.
  • Territorializing citizenship - Fenianism and the assertion of the doctrine of Indefeasible allegiance.
  • The devil's atlas: dystopic toponymy of the continental United States (co-authored with Duane Griffin, Bucknell University)
  • Irish Atlantic Contested Abolitionist Geographies (co-authored with Dr. David Featherstone, University of Glasgow, UK)

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