Dr Peter Hession is the Faculty Fellow in Irish History at Glucksman Ireland House, New York University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge where he also completed the M.Phil. in Modern European History following a B.A. in History and Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. His research interrogates the material cultures of nineteenth-century Ireland and currently focuses on the complex role of technology during the Great Irish Famine (1845-52).
Before coming to NYU, he was the Newman Fellow in Irish History at University College Dublin (2019-2022) and a Busteed Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Liverpool (2018-19) after completing a Visiting Fellowship at the Irish College, Paris in 2017.
He recently co-edited a special Irish-themed issue of the Radical History Review (May 2022) and has also published work in Urban History and Renewal and in edited volumes published by Syracuse University Press, University College Dublin Press, Liverpool University Press, and Cork University Press. He was recently awarded the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Inaugural Essay Prize 2021-22 for his essay ‘Imagining the railway revolution in pre-Famine Ireland: Technology, governance, and the Drummond Commission, 1832-39’.