Brendan Kane

Associate Professor, History

Assistant Director for Public Humanities, Humanities Institute

Brendan Kane currently serves as Assistant Director for Public Humanities in the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute and is UConn’s Folger Consortium faculty representative. 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.”


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