Brendan Kane

Associate Professor


Dr. Kane specializes in early modern British and Irish history. He is the author of The Politics and Culture of Honour in Britain and Ireland, 1541-1641 (Cambridge University Press, 2010; paperback 2013) and co-editor with Valerie McGowan-Doyle of the edited collection Elizabeth I and Ireland (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He curated (with Thomas Herron) the exhibition Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland at the Folger Shakespeare Library (2013) and co-authored the catalog of the same name. His interests include comparative colonialism and the history of human rights; he was guest editor of a special issue of the journal History entitled “Human rights and the history of violence in the early British Empire” (2014). A growing interest in gender and history has led to guest editing (with Kenneth Gouwens and Laurie Nussdorfer) a special issue of The European Review of History / Revue Européenne d’Histoire on early modern masculinities (2015). Currently he is completing a book on knowledge production and legitimacy in early modern Ireland and directing (with Tom Scheinfeldt) a multi-institutional, collaborative digital humanities project “Léamh: Learn Early Modern Irish, c. 1200-1650.” He currently serves as UConn’s Folger Consortium faculty representative.


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