Patrick Griffin is the Madden-Hennebry Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. He is a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Nanovic Institute of European Studies.
He specializes in Colonial and Revolutionary America, early modern Irish and British history, and Atlantic history. His focuses on Atlantic-wide themes and dynamics such as adaptation, the movement of peoples and cultures across the Atlantic Ocean, revolution and rebellion, movement and migration, and colonization and violence in those societies from a comparative perspective.
His publications include the books The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century (Yale University Press, 2017); America’s Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2012); American Leviathan: Empire, Nation, and Revolutionary Frontier (Hill & Wang, 2007); and The People with No Name: Ireland’s Ulster Scots, America’s Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1689-1764 (Princeton University Press, 2001). He also edited Experiencing Empire: Power, People, and Revolution in Early America (University of Virginia Press, 2017), and co-edited (with Peter Onuf, et al.) Between Sovereignty and Anarchy: The Politics of Violence in the American Revolutionary Era (University of Virginia Press, 2015).
He is currently working on a study of the Age of Atlantic Revolutions.
He chaired the Department of History at Notre Dame from 2011 to 2017, and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study in 2018. He serves on the Leadership Council for the Keough School of Global Affairs for 2017-2018.
He holds a PhD in American history from Northwestern University, a MA in political science from Columbia University, and a BA in government and history from Notre Dame.