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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Profile

 Cornish, Rory   Name:  Rory Cornish 
Title:  Professor of History 
Ph.D., University College, London, England
B.A. (Honors), University of East Anglia, Norwich
Office:  354 Bancroft Hall  
Phone:  803/323-4692 
American Colonial History, American Revolution, Native American History, Modern Ireland
Born in London, Dr. Cornish, F.R.Hist.S. came to Winthrop in 2002 as chair of the Department of History, a position he occupied until 2007. He had taught previously in a number of universities on both sides of the Atlantic including Whitman College, Gonzaga University, and the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he was chair of the Department of History and Government from 1999-2002.

A specialist in early American history, he also teaches Irish history. The author of two books, Cornish also has contributed to 12 other joint publications including The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004). His latest work, a biography of General Joseph Finegan, will be published in a new collection of essays by The University of Tennessee Press in 2011. In 2004 he delivered the keynote address at the dedication of a new equestrian statue to General Thomas Francis Meagher in Waterford, Ireland; in 2005, his book on General Meagher won an Irish Heritage Council Award. The recipient of two teaching awards, Cornish has been included in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and is an active member of Phi Alpha Theta in whose scholarly journal, The Historian, his book reviews have appeared often. In both 2001 and 2010 he was the recipient of a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

A previous state commissioner on the South Carolina Archives and History Commission, 2002-2007, Cornish has been active in local history groups, regularly presents academic papers, and is a member of the advisory board of The Southern Revolutionary War Institute in South Carolina. He also is a member of the editorial boards of Focus and Working Papers in Irish Studies. In 2008, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London.