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About John B. Roney

John B. Roney is Professor of History at Sacred Heart University and co-Director of the SHU in Dingle program. Professor Roney is a historian of modern Europe with particular interests in Ireland, the Low Countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg), France, and Switzerland. This collection of states includes French, Dutch, Irish, and English-speaking regions of Europe, and also highlights some of the smaller states of Europe that were not incorporated into larger hegemonies as many pre-existing states fell prey to more powerful overlords. These regions also are home to a mixture of religious institutions, primary Roman Catholic and Reformed churches, which create a great opportunity to compare and contrast their development over several centuries.
While many of his publications are on intellectual and religious history, in the last decade Roney has also turned to maritime environmental history, with a study of the history of commercial fishing and fisheries in the North Atlantic Ocean. This study incorporates an interest in the political-economy in this region as well as an attention to the historical ecology and oceanography within which the fishing industry developed.
Treasurer for the New England American Conference for Irish Studies. Member of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Irish Environmental History Network, International Maritime Economic History Association, Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Nederlandse Vereniging voor Zeegeschiedenis, North Atlantic Fisheries History Association, American Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the Conference on Faith and History (past executive officer), and Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society. 
Faculty advisor for Celtic Club and Men's Ice Hockey team.

Teaching responsibilities:
Western European History
Research interests: Early modern to modern France, Switzerland, Low Countries, and Ireland; Historiography (Reformation, Calvinism, Catholicism, Romanticism, French Revolutionary Europe, theories and approaches to history); Religion and society in Europe.


1990 - Present Professor, Sacred Heart University History Department
Present Co-Director, Sacred Heart University SHU in Dingle

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present President, President of the New England region of the American Conference for Irish Studies
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  • Western European History


1989 Ph.D., University of Toronto
1980 M.A., Wheaton College
1975 B.A., King's College

Contact Information

History Department
Martire Center BUCM*W327
College of Arts and Sciences 


Recent Works (1)

Books (3)

Forthcoming (2)

Contributions to Books (7)

Articles (1)

Conference Presentations (6)

Book Reviews (31)