Inspirefest 2017

Prof Jane Ohlmeyer

Chair, Irish Research Council

Jane Ohlmeyer, MRIA, is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity’s research institute for advanced study in the Arts and Humanities.  Since September 2015 she has served as Chair of the Irish Research Council, which funds frontier research across 70 disciplines.  In 2014-15 she was the Parnell Fellow at Magdalene College Cambridge and a Visiting Professor at JNU in New Delhi and in 2016 was the Yeats Visiting Professor at Sāo Paulo University in Brazil. She has also taught at the UCSB, Yale and the University of Aberdeen.

Professor Ohlmeyer was the first Vice-President for Global Relations (2011-14) at Trinity, and was a driving force behind the development of the Trinity Long Room Hub, which promotes multi-disciplinary exchange within the Humanities and across all disciplines, and the 1641 Depositions Project, which has become a European flagship initiative.  This was an inter-institutional and multi-disciplinary collaboration involving over 50 researchers (historians, linguists, literary scholars, geographers, computer scientists, mathematicians and physicists), together with IBM and a Bulgarian and Irish SME.

A passionate teacher and an internationally established scholar of early modern Irish history, Professor Ohlmeyer is the author/editor of 11 books, including Making Ireland English. The aristocracy in seventeenth century Ireland (Yale University Press, 2012).