Dr Denise Dunne


Assistant Professor


I currently lecture in modern European history, specifically the history of European integration, in the Department of History at Maynooth University.  I read History and French at University College Cork, where I also completed an MA in European History.  I was subsequently awarded a postgraduate scholarship to attend the  Collège d'Europe in Bruges, Belgium where I studied European Political and Administrative Studies through French and English.  This programme not only provided me with an excellent grounding in EU politics and institutions but also engendered a life long interest in this area of research and teaching.  I returned to Ireland to complete a PhD in History and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, which facilitated a programme of research in the US.  I joined Maynooth University in 1990-91 in a permanent full-time capacity.  In 2002 I transitioned to a permanent half-time position. I am currently working on a monograph entitled Britain and the Process of European Integration: Continuity and Policy Change from Attlee to Heath.

Research Interests

My central field of research is the history of European integration and EU institutions with a particular focus on British policy on European integration from the post Second World War period to date.  I also have a keen research interest in the Anglo-American ‘special' relationship and EU-US transatlantic relations.   Other significant areas of research and teaching include twentieth century European history, international relations, Irish membership of the EU and Irish foreign policy and diplomatic history.  I am currently working on a monograph entitled Britain and the Process of European Integration: Continuity and Policy Change from Attlee to Heath.


Year Publication
2018 Denise Dunne (2018) Has the EU been a success?. BBC World Histories: ARTCL

Book Review

Year Publication
2018 Denise Dunne (2018) Roy Jenkins and the European Commission Presidency, 1976-1980: At the Heart of Europe. The English Historical Review, Oxford University Press: BREV [DOI]
2001 Dunne, Denise (2001) Ireland and the Marshall Plan, 1947–1957. BREV

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2004 Dunne, M. D. (2004) 'The political legacy of the Marshall Plan: an assessment of the integrationist agenda through a British lens' In: Ireland, Europe and the Marshall Plan. Dublin : Four Courts Press.

Published Report

Year Publication
1996 Denise Dunne and Ben Tonra (1996) A European Cultural Identity: Myth, Reality or Aspiration?. Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA), .
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES) Member -
The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/1990 Postgraduate Scholarship Holder, Collège d'Europe, Bruges, Belgium European Movement Ireland on behalf of the Irish Government
01/01/1995 Fulbright Scholar J.W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
01/01/1986 College Scholar University College Cork (UCC)

Teaching Interests

Teaching duties 2018-2019

Dr Dunne is a permanent half-time member of staff in the Department of History and is responsible for delivering the following elective modules to II and III Year History students in 2018-2019:  

First Semester
Module Code: HY392
Credits: 5 (24 hour elective)
Module Title: The Reluctant European: Britain and European Integration, 1945-1975

Second Semester
Module Code: HY296
Credits: 5 (24 hour elective)
Module Title: The Rise and Demise of the Cold War International System: US-Soviet Relations, 1945-1990