IU Faculty Co-authored & Edited Irish-American Encyclopedia
Two Immaculata University faculty members, Eugene J. Halus, Jr., Ph.D., associate professor of Politics, and William E. Watson, Ph.D., professor of History, co-authored and edited the recently published encyclopedia titled Irish Americans: The History and Culture of a People. In addition, several other Immaculata faculty members contributed to the encyclopedia including Sister Marie Hubert Kealy, IHM, Ph.D., faculty emerita of English; Sean Flannery, Ph.D., associate professor of English; and John Hill, Ph.D., professor of History. According to Dr. Watson, Immaculata faculty accounted for approximately 75% of the total content.
“A project such as ours hasn’t happened since 1999 when the University of Notre Dame published a similar encyclopedia, which is now significantly out of date and/or incomplete simply due to the passage of time,” noted Dr. Halus. “Our approach, however, is very unique in the sense that we try to offer a more comprehensive assessment of the Irish-American experience than previous scholars.”
Included in the new encyclopedia are both the Catholic Irish-American experience and the Protestant Irish-American experience. Also featured are sections on literature, military, science, and ample documents illustrating the sweep of the Irish-American experience.
Dr. Halus and Dr. Watson edited the entries in the book and each wrote more than a quarter of the entries themselves. They also wrote the section introductions, the chronology, bibliography, and selected and edited various documents. Scholars from other universities were also instrumental in the completion of the encyclopedia. They included the following institutions: Cabrini College, LaSalle University, Saint Francis College (NY), University of Western Ontario, and Villanova University. In addition, a few independent scholars also contributed as well as Ray O’Hanlon, the editor of Irish Echo, the largest Irish-American newspaper in the U.S.
To order a copy of Irish Americans: The History and Culture of a People, please call the Immaculata bookstore at 484-323-3910 or you can purchase directly from the publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.