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    BT52 1SA Coleraine

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Dr Andrew Sneddon (BA hons, Hertfordshire; M.Litt, St Andrews; PhD Lancaster) is a social and cultural historian, with a special interest in Britain and Ireland, viewed in an international context.

Dr Sneddon is a fellow of Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society, and president of the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies (usihs36.com). He has been Busines Editor of the Irish Economic and Social History Society and is currently a member of the editorial board of the journal, Irish Historical Studies, and regularly reviews and peer reviews for leading academic journals and publishers.

His latest research explores Irish witchcraft, magic and the supernatural in a comparative framework from the medieval to the modern period. His third and latest monograph, Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland was published by Palgrave, and his latest articles on witchcraft and magic appear in Irish Historical Studies, Historical Journal and Cultural and Social History.He is currently writing two monographs for Cambridge University Press (Magic and Identity in Modern Ireland, and Disability and Magic in early Modern Britain and America), and he is editing a collection for Bloomsbury on the cultural history of magic in enlightenment Europe.

Dr Sneddon has extensive experience of working with the British and Irish media to produce television and radio programmes (including RTE, TG4, BBC) based on his research. He has received research grants from the Wellcome Trust, the Lottery Heritage Fund, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, and the AHRC.

He regularly organises and presents papers at academic conferences along with invited lectures and keynotes. He also undertakes civic engagement and outreach work and regularly gives talks and hosts workshops for community and educational groups.

He has previously taught at the University of Glasgow and Queen's Univeristy Belfast. Dr Sneddon's post-doctoral work was completed on the Levelhulme-funded, Irish Legislation Project, directed by Professor David Hayton and Professor James Kelly. He was then Research Fellow in the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's working on eighteenth-century medical history. He was appointed lecturer in International History at Ulster University in 2009. 

His undergraduate teaching at Ulster focuses on politics, religion, culture, medicine and magic in Europe and Colonial America in the early modern and modern periods. He has supervised a range of master’s and PhD dissertations.

Current Teaching

HIS140, ‘Disenchanted Land: Culture and Society in Early Modern Europe.’ 

HIS337, ‘Politics and Society in Early Modern Britain and Ireland.’ 

HIS337, ‘History in Practice: Preparing and Planning a History Research Project.’

HIS 560, ‘Witchcraft and Magic in early modern Europe and Colonial New England.’

HIS130, ‘Making History: Skills for Historians.’

HIS 517, Undergraduate History Research Project, supervisor.

MA in History, HIS703, ‘Historian’s Craft: Writing History.’

Current PHD Supervision 

- 'The Great Scottish Migration to Ulster in the 1690s.'

- 'Voices of Ulster's Poor: Charitable Requests, 1850s-1920s.'

- 'A re-evaluation of the 'Irish Brigades' and the folklore surrounding the 'Wild Geese' before and after the Irish diaspora during the Jacobite period'.

-  'Managing madness: Asylums in Ulster 1845-1914'.

- 'Longitudual study of mental health in young men in the Northwest Ireland 1829-1919'.

Completed PhD Supervision

-Nigel Farrell, 'Asiatic cholera and the development of public health in Belfast 1832-1878' https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.669695

-Jodie Shevlin, 'The Supernatural in Catholic Ireland in the Long Nineteenth-Century' https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.821049

-John Fulton, 'Clerics, Conjurors and courtrooms : witchcraft, magic and religion in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland'. https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.706467


Current and Recent Grants

  1. The Medical Landscape of 18th Century Ulster

    Sneddon, A.

    Wellcome Trust: £14,346.00

    1/06/09 → 16/07/10

    Award date: 8/04/09

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  2. The Supernatural in Ulster-Scots Literature and Folklore

    Sneddon, A.

    Dept of Culture Arts & Leisure: £8,575.00

    20/01/14 → 31/03/14

    Award date: 28/01/14

    AwardOther › Award 


  3. Voices of Ulster's Poor: Charitable Requests, 1850s-1920s

    Mc Cormick, L. & Sneddon, A.

    AHRC-Northern Bridge Students'p (NBC20): £35,266.00

    1/10/20 → 31/03/24

    Award date: 5/10/20


    The History of the Irish Temperance League

    JONES, G., CoI, History (UoA 28)

    Mc Cormick, L., PI, History (UoA 28)

    Sneddon, A., CoI, History (UoA 28)

    Irish Temperance League: £10,000.00

    1/10/11 → 30/09/12


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

President-USIHS, Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies

23 May 2016 → …


  • D204 Modern History


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