Dissertation Title: “Of Nobler Song Than Mine”: Social Justice In The Life, Times, And Writings Of Fitz-james O’Brien
Dr. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, American Studies, and Humanities classes at Carroll Sr. High School in Southlake, Texas. In addition to his full-time job as an educator, he works as a consultant for the College Board and spends his summers working with new and experienced AP U.S. History teachers all over the country. He served eight years on the Test Development Committee for the AP U.S. History Exam, including two years as the co-chair.
Dr. Irish has published three books, by W.W. Norton, in a series on the historical thinking skills. While doing my doctoral research on Fitz-James O’Brien, he began collecting and editing his collected writings and in doing so, created his own independent publishing company – A Bit O’Irish Press. So far, thee volumes of his collected writings have been published; with a special edition on his Gothic short stories; a fourth volume is almost ready for press. This publication constitutes, for the first time, a complete edition of his writings, including all his writings: poetry, music, plays, essays, and of course, his fiction.
He earned a B.A. in political science and philosophy, an M.A. in philosophy, an M.L.S. in humanities, and a D.L.S. from SMU.
Following graduation, he has been working on getting his graduate research published. One paper, “John Locke’s Social Contract Theory and Why Tessie Must Die,” has been accepted for publication in Philosophy Now: A Magazine of Ideas (Feb/Mar 2020), and two other papers are in the review stage of publication. “Confrontation with the Other as an Existential Crisis in Bierce’s ‘Moxon’s Master,’ ‘One of Twins,’ and ‘The Man and the Snake’” is in review with Midwest Gothic and “‘Uttering the Cries of Freedom’ — Fitz-James O’Brien on Two Crises in Nineteenth-Century Ireland” is in review with Irish Historical Studies.