Dr Robert McNamara
Senior Lecturer in International History
- School of Arts & Humanities
- Research Institute
- Arts and Humanities Research Institute
- Coleraine campus
- +44 28 7012 4007
Dr Robert McNamara previously worked as a research fellow at University College Cork (1999-2002) and taught part-time at Maynooth University (2002-2007). He also worked for the Irish Civil Service (2003-2007)
He joined Ulster University in August 2007 as a Lecturer in international history and was promoted Senior Lecturer in October 2013.
Robert was also Course Director for History between 2009 and 2014 and is currently a member of the Ulster University Research Ethics Committee.
Robert studied at University College Cork, National University of Ireland and was awarded a BA Hons in History and English (1995) and PhD in History (1999) by the National University of Ireland. He was also awarded an MA in Public Administration (2006) from the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin.
Robert's research areas are in the history of British and European decolonisation and he has written or edited several books on aspects of imperial and colonial history. Robert has also published articles in several of major international journals, including the Journal of Contemporary History and the International History Review.
His doctoral dissertation was entitled "Britain's Other Cold War: A Study of British Policy towards Nasser's Egypt from Suez to the Six Day War" at University College, Cork. He has published seven scholarly articles in Historical journals and numerous book chapters and has written two books. He also edited a book on the Churchill Family and Ireland.
Robert's current research is a project entitled Defying the Wind of Change: The Great Powers, Regional Players and the struggle for Southern Africa 1961-1980. This is a collaboration with Professor Filipe Riberio de Meneses of Maynooth University. Grants awarded to support this project include: A British academy grant of £7084 and €100k from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences. The archival work for this project is based on research in Britain, Southern Africa, Portugal and the United States.
He is happy to receive enquiries from potential PhD and MPhil students wishing to work on British imperial history, African history, decolonization, comparative Empires, and 20th century Irish history.
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- The Nasser factor: Anglo-Egyptian relations andYemen/Aden crisis 1962–65.Middle Eastern StudiesDate: (2016)
- A África do Sul Face à “Descolonização Exemplar” Portuguesa'.Date: (2014)
- Parallel Diplomacy, Parallel War: The PIDE/DGS's Dealings with Rhodesia and South Africa, 1961-74".Journal of Contemporary HistoryDate: (2014)
- Exercise ALCORA: Expansion and Demise, 1971-4International History ReviewDate: (2014)
- South Africa and the Aftermath of Portugal's ‘Exemplary’ Decolonization: The Security DimensionPortuguese StudiesDate: (2013)
- The Origins of Exercise ALCORA, 1960–71International History ReviewDate: (2013)
- Exerciciio ALCORA: O Que Sabemos, e nao Sabemos sobre a guerra colonialRelacoes Internacionais (International Relations: Portugal)Date: (2013)
- The last throw of the dice: Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa 1970-74Portuguese StudiesDate: (2012)
- 'On the thin crust of ashes, beneath which the lava is still glowing': Winston Churchill, the Historian and Ireland.The Churchills in Ireland : connections and controversiesDate: (2012)
- The Churchills in Ireland: Connections and ControversiesDate: (2012)