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Gavin Wilk is an independent historian based in Ireland. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Limerick in 2012 and was an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholar from 2008 to 2011. He also holds an MA in International Studies from the University of Limerick and a BA in History from Villanova University. Gavin’s scholarly interests range from Irish and American history to social, cultural, immigration, and political studies. His first book, Transatlantic Defiance: The Militant Irish Republican Movement in America, 1923-45, was recently published by Manchester University Press. The analysis derived from extensive archival research in Ireland, the United States and Britain, presents a cross-cultural introspection of Irish republicanism and specifically examines the emigration patterns of Irish Republican Army (IRA) veterans, their individual lives in American communities, and their local and national republican activism. Recognized as an outstanding lecturer by the University of Limerick in 2013, Gavin has taught a variety of history classes to university students, adult learners and also children. He has presented at conferences throughout the United States and Europe and his work has appeared in a number of journals and reference encyclopedias.

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Transatlantic Defiance: The Militant Irish Republican Movement in America, 1923-1945 (Manchester University Press, October 2014).

Journal Articles
"'A wholesale fraud and forgery scheme': Organized Crime and the Counterfeit Lottery Trade in the United States, 1931-1932,” Crime, Law and Social Change (March 2017).

"'No hope for him unless he can be got out of the country': Disabled Irish Republicans in America, 1922-35," New Hibernia Review (March 2014).

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