Educational Background

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


  • Globalization, People and Place (GEOG 101)
  • Political Geography (GEOG 211)
  • Europe in an Age of Globalization (GEOG 214)
  • Borders and Politics of Mobility (GEOG/IREL 216)
  • Nationalism, Identity and Nature (GEOG/IREL/ENST 356)
  • Geographies of Identity (GEOG 324)
  • Bucknell In Northern Ireland (UNIV/PSYC/GEOG 238)
    Paths to Peace (Integrated Perspectives, with Professor Bill Flack, Department of Psychology)

Research Interests

  • Professor Mulligan's research seeks to further understandings of how various aspects of identity –such as race, class, gender, sexuality and nationalism –not only intersect, but are forged both socially and spatially. A common thread underlying his scholarship therefore is the investigation of the intertwined politics of identity and place, as a means with which to better understand social struggle, the 'terrain' on which power and resistance is mobilized, while also realizing a contemporary need to uncover arguably useful historical geographies.
  • He has published in Historical Geography, Gender, Place and Culture, and Social and Cultural Geography.
  • He is currently working on a number of research projects, for example one that explores sexuality and space, LGBT politics and urban governance, as seen through the shifting character of St. Patrick's Day Parades in New York City and Boston. Another explores networked transatlantic abolitionism during the nineteenth century, in particular focusing on the Atlantic ocean and the steamship as crucial, yet often overlooked spaces. A further one considers the contemporary spatial politics of remembering slavery at a number of heritage and tourism sites in the American south. Recent research projects include an exploration of Frederick Douglass's abolitionist lecture tour of Ireland during the 1840s, and another that considers whether modern definitions of Irish citizenship are part of a restrictive legacy of colonialism.

Recent Presentations

  • "Performance, Possibility and Paradox: St. Patrick's Day Parades and the Politics of Heteronormativity", Annual Meeting, American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, CA, 2015.
  • "Erin's Hope, Irish blood and indefeasible allegiance: reconfiguring citizenship and nationalism in an era of increased mobility", Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL, 2014.
  • "'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)territorialization of Irish Nationalism", Conference of Irish Geographers, Dublin 2003.

Recent Activities

  • Continuing to co-direct the Bucknell in Northern Ireland program — 2009, 2013 and 2015 — with Professor Bill Flack, Department of Psychology.

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.


(2016) 'As a lever gains power by its distance from the fulcrum': tracing Frederick Douglass in the Irish Atlantic World, Social & Cultural Geography, ONLINE.

(2014) Erin's Hope, Irish Blood and Indefeasible Allegiance: Reconfiguring Citizenship and Nationalism 
in an Era of Increased Mobility, Historical Geography, 42, pp. 171-186.

(2010) Book Review ~  Of Irish Descent. Origin Stories, Genealogy and the Politics of Belonging, by Catherine Nash, Social & Cultural Geography, 11(3), pp.  302-304.

(2009) 'By a thousand ingenious feminine devices’: The Ladies’ Land League and the development of Irish nationalism, Historical Geography, 37, pp. 159-177.

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

(2003) Book Review ~ 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.


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