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Patrick McDevitt

Associate Professor
office: 561 Park Hall
phone: (716) 645-8412


PhD, Rutgers, 1999

MA, Rutgers, 1996

BA (Hons), Canterbury (NZ), 1994

BA, NYU, 1992

Courses Regularly Taught

249: Modern Sport and Recreation
318: Modern Ireland
321: Victorian History
325: 20th c. Britain
475: The Great War
564: Imperialism and Decolonization
UGC112: World Civilizations Since 1500


Modern Europe, North & South Atlantic, Gender/Sexuality, Imperialism/Colonialism, Religion, Social/Cultural History

Research Interests

Modern Ireland, Great Britain, the Atlantic World, Haiti, Imperialism, Gender and Sexuality, Popular culture, fashion, sports, Liberation theology & social justice

Current Research

I am currently looking at British and Irish reactions to the British invasion of St Domingue during the Haitian Revolution, and continue my interest in transatlantic manifestations of liberation theology, sports, and the global history of clothing and fashion.

Selected Publications

May The Best Man Win: Sport, Masculinity and Nationalism in Great Britain and the Empire 1880-1935 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004; paperback 2008)

“Douglas Jardine and Masculinity in the Bodyline Affair” in Jeffrey Hill and Anthony Bateman, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Cricket (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

“Les Gender Studies à l’épreuve du sport en situation coloniale” in Pierre Singaravélou and Julien Sorez, eds. L’Empire des sports: Une histoire globale du sport en situation coloniale (éditions Complexe, 2010)

“The King of Sports: Polo in late Victorian and Edwardian India” International Journal of the History of Sport. Volume 20, Number 1, 2003.

“Muscular Catholicism: Nationalism, Masculinity, and Gaelic Team Sports, 1884-1916.” Gender and History, Volume 9, Number 2, 1997.  Reprinted in Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History (Duke University Press, 2005)

Guest editor, with Richard I. Jobs, Journal of Social History special issue, “Kith and Kin: Personal Relationships and Cultural Practice, 1830-1980” Vol. 29, Number 2, December 2005.

“Ireland, Latin America and an Atlantic Liberation Theology” in Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and Erik R. Seeman, eds. The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000 (Prentice Hall,2006)


  • UB Honors College Faculty Fellow 2015-2017
  • NEH Summer Institute Grant, 2011
  • UB Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship, 2011
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization 2003 (with Jason Young)
  • Associate Fellow, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, 2000-2001
  • Faculty of Arts & Sciences Graduate Research Award, Rutgers University, 1998
  • Fulbright Grantee to New Zealand, 1992
  • Phi Beta Kappa

 Affiliations and other notes

  • Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender [IREWG]
  • Baldy Center
  • Book Review Co-Editor (with Claire Schen) of the Journal of British Studies, 2005-09