Kevin Kenny is Professor of History at Boston College. He took his undergraduate degree in History at the University of Edinburgh, spent his junior year studying at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. After working as an Assistant Professor for five years at the University of Texas at Austin he moved to Boston College in 1999.
Professor Kenny has written four books and edited two others. His most recent book is Peaceable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton Boys and the Destruction of William Penn's Holy Experiment (Oxford University Press, 2009). Before that he published Making Sense of the Molly Maguires (Oxford University Press, 1998), The American Irish: A History (Longman, 2000), and The Irish: Towards the USA (Turin: Umberto Allemandi, 2006, published in Italian as Gli irlandesi che hanno fatto l'America). He is editor of New Directions in Irish-American History (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003) and Ireland and the British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2004). He has published articles in the Journal of American History, the Journal of American Ethnic History, American Quarterly, and Irish Economic and Social History, among other venues, and he serves on the editorial board of Labor and British Scholar.
Professor Kenny teaches the history of North Atlantic migration and labor in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As well as general surveys of American history he offers a two-semester sequence on the history of American immigration and a graduate seminar on nineteenth-century American history.