I am a historian of Latin America and Ireland in the 18th and 19th centuries. I hold a PhD in History from the University of Salamanca (Spain), where I was a founding member of Indusal, the university’s research group on Latin American independence. Together with exploring the intellectual and political dimensions of Irish involvement in the revolutionary processes of the Hispanic world, I have published on other aspects of transnational history, such as Irish migration, mobility and multilingualism in Spanish America during the late colonial period, and Hispano-Irish relations. This research has received the generous support of various institutions, such as the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and Harvard University’s International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World. Before arriving at NUI Galway, I was the 2017–18 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies (USA), and previously worked as an associate lecturer at the University of Winchester (UK), and as a research assistant at NUI Galway on the project ‘Changing Words/Changing Worlds: Translation in Nineteenth-Century Ireland’, directed by Dr. Anne O’Connor and funded by the IRC. I am also active in the field of translation and have translated several books.

I am currently working on a monograph which examines the neglected role of Latin America in the development of Irish perceptions of imperialism, decolonization and modernity during the Age of Revolutions (1776–1848). The project looks beyond the scholarship concerning the place of Ireland within the British Empire to analyse the rich body of textual images of Latin America created and circulated amongst Irish communities —both at home and abroad— during the period. The research first charts Irish images of the Iberian New World in the late 18th century. It then traces Irish interpretations of the challenges faced by Latin America during the struggle for independence and the formation of the new nation-states, in the form of civil wars, economic crises and racial tensions. Finally, it studies how these views were assimilated and integrated into discussions about the Irish experience of empire and emigration from the passing of the Act of Union to Young Ireland’s abortive 1848 rebellion. Additionally, the project aspires to encourage discussion on the position of Latin America in the expanding environment of Irish Studies.


Articles and book chapters

  • José BROWNRIGG-GLEESON, “Fighting an Empire for the Good of the Empire? Transnational Ireland and the Struggle for Independence in Spanish America”, Radical History Review 143 (May 2022): 32–49. https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-9566076

  • Carmine PINTO and José BROWNRIGG-GLEESON MARTÍNEZ, Fighting someone else’s wars? Italian and Irish soldiers, adventurers and mercenaries in the New World, 1776–1876″, in José C. MOYA (ed.), Atlantic Crossroads: Webs of Migration, Culture and Politics between Europe, Africa and the Americas, 1800–2020 (New York: Routledge, 2021), 57–84. ISBN: 9780367699871

  • Graciela IGLESIAS-ROGERS and José BROWNRIGG-GLEESON MARTÍNEZ, “Spanish Colonies: A Term Forged in the Hispanic-Anglosphere”, in G. IGLESIAS-ROGERS (ed.), The Hispanic-Anglosphere from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century: An Introduction (New York: Routledge, 2021), 27–46.
    DOI: 10.4324/9780429330636-3

  • José BROWNRIGG-GLEESON MARTÍNEZ, “La regeneración de América: el exilio irlandés en los Estados Unidos ante los procesos de independencia en la América hispana (1815–20)”, in A. BAENA and I. ÁLVAREZ (eds.), De imperios a naciones en el mundo ibérico (Madrid: Doce Calles, 2019), 253–279. ISBN: 9788497442664

  • José Shane BROWNRIGG-GLEESON, “Visiones irlandesas de las Cortes de Cádiz (1810–1820)”, in Enrique GARCÍA HERNÁN and M. Carmen LARIO DE OÑATE (eds.), La presencia irlandesa durante las Cortes de Cádiz en España y América, 1812. Política, religión y guerra / The Irish presence at the Cortes of Cadiz. Politics, Religion and War (Valencia: Albatros, 2013), 93–110. ISBN: 9788472743106

  • José Shane BROWNRIGG-GLEESON, “‘Turbulent and intriguing spirits’: Irish traders and agents on Spain’s North American borderlands, 1763–1803″, in Ó. RECIO (ed.), Redes de nación y espacios de poder. La comunidad irlandesa en España y la América española / Power Strategies: Spain and Ireland, 1600–1825 (Valencia: Ministerio de Defensa & Albatros, 2012), 311–326. ISBN: 9788472743021

  • José Shane BROWNRIGG-GLEESON MARTÍNEZ, “‘A conflict within’: Experiences of Spanish liberal exile in Ireland, 1830–1837”, in B. HEFFERNAN (ed.), Life on the Fringe? Ireland and Europe, 1800-1922 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2012), 159–175. ISBN: 9780716531302

  • José Shane BROWNRIGG-GLEESON MARTÍNEZ, “Inmigrantes entre la lealtad y la rebeldía: los irlandeses en los procesos de independencia de la Gran Colombia (1821) y Texas (1836)”, in E. REY and P. CALVO (eds.), 200 años de Iberoamérica (1810–2010) (Santiago: Publicacións Universidade, 2010), 901–920. ISBN: 9788498872903

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