Cillian McGrattan lectures in politics. He previously taught at Swansea University and the University of the West of Scotland.
Cillian was awarded a PhD at Ulster University in November 2008 and was subsequently a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for British-Irish Studies, University College Dublin. His PhD was updated, extended and published as Northern Ireland, 1968-2008: The Politics of Entrenchment (Palgrave Macmillan 2010);
He has also published the introductory guide to the Northern Irish conflict/Troubles, The Northern Ireland Conflict (Oneworld, 2010/2012) (with Aaron Edwards). His second monograph was published in October 2012 as Memory, Politics and Identity: Haunted by History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); and an edited collection appeared in December the same year, Everyday Life after the Irish Conflict: The Impact of Devolution and North-South Cooperation (Manchester University Press, 2012) (co-edited with Elizabeth Meehan).
Cillian has published over 20 journal articles on themes of conflict, political violence and terrorism, conflict resolution, dealing with the past in post-conflict situations, trauma and peacebuilding, transitional justice, and Northern Irish nationalism. These have appeared in journals such as Political Studies, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Terrorism and Political Violence, the Journal of Political Ideologies, British Politics, and Contemporary British History. Together with Stephen Hopkins, he co-edited a special section in Ethnopolitics on the politics of memory after conflict in divided societies and has also published eleven book chapters.
His most recent monograph, The Politics of Trauma and Peacebuilding: Lessons from Northern Ireland appeared with Routledge in 2016; he is due to publish an edited collection, Sunningdale and the Ulster Workers’ Council Strike: The Struggle for Democracy in Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2017) (co-edited with David McCann) and The Promise of Peace (Manchester University Press, forthcoming) (co-edited with Stefanie Lehner).