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Professor Tadhg O'Keeffe


Tadhg O'Keeffe

Full Professor
School of Archaeology
01 716 8280
University College Dublin, School of Archaeology, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I'm a first-generation Dubliner, married to Margaret, with two children (Evan and Anne-Elise), three cats and a dog. I specialise in European and Irish architectural history, especially of the period between the 11th and 17th centuries, but I maintain a range of other interests, many of them across conventional disciplinary boundaries, and I publish research in these other areas. Outside UCD, I love sport (but not obsessively so) and music (possibly obsessively so - I have been collecting and listening for years, and my tastes range from Bob Dylan to Steve Reich, from The MC5 to the Modern Jazz Quartet, from Parliament/Funkadelic to Anthony Braxton; I'm happy to talk music with anybody!). EDUCATION * UCD: 1980-84; 1988-91 * University of Durham (Dept of Archaeology): 1985-86 * University of London (Courtauld Institute of Art): 1986-87 * Université de Poitiers (CÉSCM): 1987-88 UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATIONS * BA (NUI) 1983: Archaeology & Geography, 1st class honours * MA (NUI) 1984: Archaeology, 1st class honours (+ award of NUI Travelling Studentship) * DEA (Poitiers) 1988: History of Art * PhD (NUI) 1991: Archaeology (supervisor: Prof. Michael Herity; external examiner: Dr Richard Gem) ACADEMIC AWARDS * NUI Travelling Studentship in Archaeology 1985-88 * Semester in Irish Studies (post-doctoral) Newman Scholarship, UCD 1994-96 * UCD President's Research Fellowship 2003-4 * Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) 2006 * IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship 2008-9 EMPLOYMENT IN UCD * College Lecturer (temporary appointment) 1996 * College Lecturer (permanent appointment) 1998 * Senior Lecturer 2002 * Associate Professor/Professor 2006 * Full Professor 2017 KEY ROLES IN UCD * Head of School of Archaeology 2011-14 * Director, UCD International Summer School 2003-2005 * Deputy Principal, College of Arts & Celtic Studies 2013-15 * Current committee memberships include: Faculty Promotions Committee Humanities Institute of Ireland Management Committee * Previous committee memberships include: Academic Council Committee on Examinations (2011-15) Academic Council Committee on Discipline (2012-15) SOME OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION * 12 PhDs supervised to completion: 1. Hanneke Ronnes, on elite architecture in the United Provinces, Britain and Ireland, 1500-1700 (2005) 2. Andrew Tierney, on castles, colonialism and Gaelic-Irish identity, middle ages to the Celtic Revival (2006) 3. Paddy Ryan, on Dublin's early modern fresh water supply (2007) 4. Diarmuid O Riain, on Irish Benedictine monasteries in central Europe (2009) 5. Sinead Quirke, on houses of the Munster Plantation (2010) 6. David Whelan, on landscape, settlement and society in west Waterford, 1600-1800 (2011) 7. Maddie Parker, on early modern manuscript cookery books (2011) 8. Anne-Julie Lafaye, on mendicant monasteries in Munster (2013) 9. Laura Scharding, on nineteenth-century prostitution in Philadelphia (2014) 10. Karen Dempsey, on thirteenth-century Anglo-Norman chamber towers (2015) 11. Julie Richko, on Irish settlement and identity in south Texas in the 1800s (2015) 12. Mick Corcoran, on analysis of medieval agriculture and landscape using LiDAR and palynology (2017) * 2 PhDs in progress: 1. Danielle Claybrooke, on consumer culture in western Ireland, 1750-1850 (2018) 2. Tom Ivory, on medieval hospitals in Ireland (2020) * 1 MLitt in progress: 1. Denis O'Connor, on Co. Clare tower-houses * 10 PhDs examined externally [Archaeology; History; Historical Geography; Architectural History] * Member of editorial boards of: 1. International Journal of Historical Archaeology [Springer] 2. Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies [Brepols] 3. Journal of the North Atlantic [Eaglehill] 4. Landscapes [Taylor & Francis] 5. Medieval Places and Spaces [University of Amsterdam] * Member: 1. Directorate of the Discovery Programme 2. International Advisory Board, Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership * Refereed for 11 international academic presses and 14 international peer-reviewed journals * Refereed grant proposals for 5 national grant-agencies outside Ireland and 2 cross-border (international) grant-agencies


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • DEA -MSC
    University of Poitiers
  • PhD
    University College Dublin