CORMAC Ó GRÁDA
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Cormac Ó Gráda is an Irish economic historian based at University College Dublin, where he is professor emeritus. An economist by training, he is best known from his work on the global history of famine, the economic and demographic history of Ireland, and various aspects of the British Industrial Revolution and international migration. He has also written about the economic history of Ireland’s small Jewish community and on the Little Ice Age.
Cormac Ó Gráda is currently engaged in two major projects. One is a new analysis of the British Industrial Revolution (joint work with Joel Mokyr and Morgan Kelly) which stresses the role of human capital in the form of artisanal skills. This project is under contract with Princeton University Press. The second, which is well advanced thanks to Covid, is tentatively entitled “Dark Figures: Civilian Casualties of the Two World Wars”. He is also involved in a collaborative project on the social mobility of mid-c19 Irish immigrants in the US, which involves the application of cutting edge census linkage algorithms.
Famines; the Industrial Revolution; Migration: Ireland