• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom


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Dr Andrew Sneddon is a social and cultural historian, with a special interest in Britain and Ireland, viewed in an international context. His latest research explores Irish witchcraft and magic in a comparative framework from the medieval to the modern period. His third monograph, Witchcraft and Magic in Ireland, was published by Palgrave.  

He completed a BA (hons) in History and English at the University of Hertfordshire and an MRes in early modern history at the University of St Andrews. His PhD was awarded by Lancaster University for a thesis entitled, 'The Life and Thought of Bishop Francis Hutchinson, 1660-1739’. 

His post-doctoral work was completed at Queen's University, Belfast on the Levelhulme funded Irish Legislation Project, directed by Professor David Hayton and Professor James Kelly. He was then junior research fellow in the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's working on a project entitled, 'Institutional medicine in eighteenth-century Ireland.' He was appointed lecturer in International History at Ulster University in 2009. 

Dr Sneddon is a fellow of Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society, and president of the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies (usihs36.com). He is a member of the editorial board of the journal, Irish Historical Studies, and regularly reviews and peer reviews for leading academic journals and publishers.

He has received research grants from the Wellcome Trust, the Lottery Heritage Fund, and Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. He also regularly undertakes outreach work, presenting talks and hosting workshops for wider community and educational groups, while working with the British and Irish media. 

He has supervised master’s and PhD dissertations on a number of topics, ranging from witchcraft and magic and the wider supernatural, to medicine and disease in modern Ireland.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

President-USIHS, Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies

23 May 2016 → …


  • D204 Modern History


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