Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin


Madden-Hennebry Professor of History

Graduate Program Field

United States History


Early American History; Atlantic History; Early Modern Ireland and Britain


B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Research and Teaching Interests

Colonial and Revolutionary American; early modern Irish and British history; Atlantic history


Patrick Griffin was named the Madden-Hennebry Professor in 2008 and Chair of the department in 2011. His work explores the intersection of colonial American and early modern Irish and British history. As such, it focuses on Atlantic-wide themes and dynamics. He has published work on the movement of peoples and cultures across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the process of adaptation.  He also examines the ways in which Ireland, Britain, and America were linked—and differed—during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has looked at revolution and rebellion, movement and migration, and colonization and violence in each society in comparative perspective.

Current Project:

Griffin is working now on two projects: A study of provincial painters and the British empire in the eighteenth-century; and an exploration of the Age of Atlantic Revolutions.

Noted Publications:


The People with No Name: Ireland's Ulster Scots, America's Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World (Princeton, 2001)

American Leviathan: Empire, Nation, and Revolutionary Frontier (New York, 2007)

America's Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2012)

The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth-Century (Yale University Press, 2017)


With Peter Onuf, Robert Ingram, and Brian Schoen, Between Sovereignty and Anarchy: The Politics of Violence in the American Revolutionary Era (University of Virginia Press, 2015)

Experiencing Empire: Power, People, and Revolution in Early America (University of Virginia Press, 2017)

Contact Information

Office: 479 Decio
Phone: 574-631-3035

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556