Professor Marianne Elliott, Blair Chair, D.Phil, OBE, FBA, FRHistS, is the Director of The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool.
Professor Marianne Elliott, who was born in Belfast, is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading historians and is best known for her acclaimed biography Wolfe Tone: Prophet of Irish Independence, which won numerous awards. Her latest book When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Ireland – Unfinished History was published recently. Her other books include Partners in Revolution: The United Irishmen and France, Robert Emmet: The Making of a Legend and The Catholics of Ulster: A History.
She was invited to deliver the prestigious Ford Lectures at Oxford University in 2005. Professor Elliott has also played an important role in the promotion of peace efforts in Northern Ireland, most notably serving on the Opsahl Commission in 1993 and co-writing its report, 'A Citizens' Inquiry'. Her research interests are political and cultural history, religious identities, eighteenth-century Ireland and France and the history of Ulster. In October 2000 she was awarded an OBE for services to Irish Studies and the Northern Ireland peace process and in 2002 elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2009 she was noted as one of 'The Global Irish' in Irish America Magazine. Marianne is currently working on Hearthland. The story of mixed-religious communities in North Belfast 1945-1969 and has just published the second edition of her biography of Wolfe Tone.