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Nicholas Allen

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Director of the Willson Center
Baldwin Professor in Humanities

Nicholas Allen is the director of the Willson Center and the Baldwin Professor in the Humanities. His latest book, Ireland, Literature, and the Coast: Seatangled, was published in December 2020 by Oxford University Press. He has been the Burns Visiting Scholar at Boston College and has received many grants and awards, including from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Irish Research Council.  He is currently working on a study of the late poetry of Seamus Heaney.


I have a PhD in English from Trinity College Dublin, and an MA and BA in English from Queen's University Belfast.

Research Interests:

Irish Literature

Blue Humanities 

Environmental Humanities

Cultural History


Responsible Artificial Intelligence Curriculum Design Project, National Humanities Center, $40,000 (2022) 

Arts and Vaccine Confidence, Center for Disease Control, $70,000 (2021)

Mellon Foundation, Culture and Community at the Penn Center, with Dr. Barbara McCaskill, $1,000,000 (2020)

Mellon Foundation, Coasts, Climates, the Humanities, and the Environment Consortium (CCHEC), a partnership of Louisiana State University, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, $150,000 (2019)

Mellon Foundation, Global Georgia Initiative, $500,000 (2018)

National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Access Grant, $200,000 ($100,000 grant; $100,000 matching funds) (2017)

Astor Visiting Lectureship, Oxford University (2017)


Selected Publications:

Archipelago: A Reader, eds. Nicholas Allen and Fiona Stafford (Lilliput Press, September 2021)

Ireland, Literature and the Coast: Seatangled (Oxford UP, 2020)

Coastal Works: Cultures of the Atlantic Edge, eds. Nicholas Allen, Nick Groom and Jos Smith (Oxford UP, 2017)

Broken Landscapes: Selected Letters of Ernie O’Malley, 1924-1957, eds. Nicholas Allen and Cormac O’Malley (Lilliput Press, 2011)

Modernism, Ireland and Civil War (Cambridge UP, 2009)     

That Island Never Found, eds. Nicholas Allen and Eve Patten (Four Courts Press, 2007)

The Proper Word: Ireland, Poetry, Politics, ed. Nicholas Allen (Creighton UP, 2007) 

George Russell (Æ) and the New Ireland (Four Courts Press, 2003) 

The Cities of Belfast, eds. Nicholas Allen and Aaron Kelly (Four Courts Press, 2003)

Of note:

Reviews of Seatangled in the London Review of Books, the Irish Examiner, and Twentieth Century Literature, among others.  

Reviews of Archipelago in the Times Literary Supplement, the Irish Times, the Dublin Review of Books, the Scottish Review and the Irish Examiner, among others

I also write frequent reviews of poetry, fiction and cultural history in the Irish Times books pages


Articles Featuring Nicholas Allen

Coastal Works; Cultures on the Atlantic Edge (Oxford University Press, 2017), edited by Nicholas Allen, Nick Groom and Jos Smith, was recently reviewed by The Times Literary Supplement. In her review, Pamela Clemit notes that…

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