Researchers at UCD


David Kerr

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of History
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168617


BA and DPhil, Pembroke College, Oxford.

British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London, 1996-1999

UCD 1999 -

Research interests include: revolutions and revolutionary movements in modern Europe, Fascism and Italian society in the 1930s, the history of tourism in Italy, history of film.

I am currently writing three books on the history of children and childhood in the twentieth century - two monographs on children in Fascist Italy and a general study of childhood in Western Europe 1900-1960 (Routledge, 2013) 


Honours and Awards

Year: 2010.
Title: College Teaching Award
Year: 1996.
Title: British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow 1996-1999
Year: 2004.
Title: Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow 2004-2005


Association: Istituto Internazionale degli Studi Liguri, Function/Role:

Conference Contributions

Kerr, D; (2006) Death on the Barricades: the Exploitation of Corpses in Nineteenth Century Historiography and Iconography. [Oral Presentation], The Politics of Dead Bodies, School of History & Archives, UCD , 10-MAR-06 - 10-MAR-06.
Kerr, D; (2006) Satire in Popular French Theatre. [Oral Presentation], One-day Conference on Media History, School of History, UCD , 24-FEB-06 - 24-FEB-06.





David Kerr; (2000) Caricature and French Political Culture 1830-1848. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

David Kerr; (2003) 'La Revolution Introuvable, Raymond Aron, May 1968 and Symbolic Violence in the French Revolutionary Tradition' In: H.B.Clarke, J.Devlin, eds.(Dublin) (eds). European Encounters. Essays in memory of Albert Lovett. , pp.299-315 [Details]


Research Interests

Political, social and cultural history of France 1789-1945; history of Paris, nineteenth-century popular theatre, graphic art and political caricature, the work of Charles Meryon.
Modern Italian social and cultural history, especially Italian cinema and popular culture, history of Liguria.
History of childhood

Research Projects
The Culture of Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Europe.
French and Italian Identities in the Mediterranean
The Italian Beach
The Colonie Estive in Fascist Italy
Growing Up in Fascist Italy
Children and Childhood in Western Europe 1900-1960 (Routledge, 2013)

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Fashioning the Economic Miracle: Italians and their Dress, 1955-1970
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-09 / 30-SEP-10
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : The post-war generation: growing up and coming of age in 1950's Italy
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-11 / 31-JUL-15
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Managing the movement: The Group Dynamics of Italian Futurism, 1909-1944
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-14 / 30-SEP-17

Recent Postgraduates

Modern and contemporary European cultural history.

My current and recently completed Phd students are:

Dr.Helen Graham
Dr.Shane McCorristine (CARA Postdoc, University of Cambridge)
Dr.Laura O¿Brien (CARA Postdoc, University of Paris) 
Chiara Tedaldi, BA, Università degli studi ¿La Sapienza¿, Rome; MA, Boston College, HII Scholar
Dr.Niamh Cullen (IRCHSS Postdoc, UCD)
Dr.Karl Whitney
Dr. Marco Soddu



Teaching Philosophy

19th-century Paris: Politics and Culture; Italy: Politics, Society, Culture 1900-75; Inter-war Europe: a social and cultural history (with Judith Devlin); Orwell's Twentieth Century; the Italian Renaissance; Cinema and Society in Twentieth-Century Europe