A native of Boston, Richard Finnegan attended Stonehill College. His interest in Ireland developed in his early years at Stonehill and he subsequently spent two sabbatical leaves in Ireland in Dublin and in Galway.

He taught for Boston University in their overseas graduate program in International Relations teaching in Brussels, Berlin and Heidelberg. With generous grants from donors Finnegan and Professor James Wiles assembled and archive of Irish government documents from 1922 to the present the only such collection in the United States.

A Senior Fulbright Specialist 2001 he has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and University College Dublin. He has taught a course on Irish Politics at Harvard.

His grants include a Fulbright Award to China in 2006, A National Science Foundation, a Department of Education Title VIB, six National Endowment for the Humanities, and support from the Whiting Foundation twice.


  • A.B., Stonehill College
  • M.A., Boston College
  • M.Ed., Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Florida State University


  • Awarded the Moreau Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the College on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary.
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Department of Political Science, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, Spring 2011.
  • Visiting Research Professor, Center for the Study of Religion Culture and Society, Catholic University of Leuven, Fall, 2010.
  • Outstanding Alumnus of the College, Selected by Alumni Council for 2010.
  • The author or coauthor of six books on Ireland.
  • Fulbright Group Faculty Award to China in 2006
  • Department of Education Title VIB Grant for International Business and Irish Studies, 2003-2007
  • Six National Endowment for the Humanities awards
  • Two grants from the Whiting Foundation
  • Moreau Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the College 1998
  • Stonehill College Distinguished Faculty Scholar for 2001-02
  • Irish American Cultural Institute Visiting Research Scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway, 2003
  • Board of Directors of the Irish Cultural Centre of New England
  • Awarded the Silver Key by the Irish Charitable Society of Boston in 2004
  • Former President of the New England Conference for Irish Studies, the New England International Studies Association and the International Law Section of the International Studies Association

Research Interests

  • The development of democracy in Ireland in the twentieth century
  • The effects of education policy on Irish political development, a book on Irish politics since 1960 for Lynne Reinner Press.

Courses Taught

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Irish Politics
  • European Politics
  • War
  • Contemporary Global Conflict