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Donal P. McCracken

Donal P. McCracken

Donal P. McCracken

Senior Professor of History and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society  

BA (Hons), D.Phil. (University of Ulster)

Originally from Ireland, Donal McCracken has been an academic for over 30 years, with a research interest divided between environmental history, media history and the Irish diaspora in Africa. Books to his credit include nine sole-authored, two joint-authored and six edited. He was Dean of Humanities between 1994 and 2009, and is at present acting College Dean of Research. He is chair of the Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archive Advisory Board. He has been named South African Genealogist of the Year and won the Zululand Historical Society Award. He was the founding chair of the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust; is a former president of the Irish History Students’ Association; and was Irish Universities’ Debating Champion.

Accredited books publications in the past five years

  • Teddy Luther’s War: The diary of a German-American in an Irish-Boer commando, 30̊ South Publishers, Johannesburg, 2013, 168pp.

ISBN: 978-1-920143-76-3.


  • (Ed.) ‘Essays and source material for Southern African-Irish Studies’, as vol. IV, Southern African-Irish Studies, (2012), 188 pp.

ISBN 978-0-620-52008-9.


  • Inspector Mallon: Buying Irish patriotism for a five-pound note, Irish Academic Press, Dublin and London, 2009, 248pp,

ISBN 978 0 7165 2993 4 (cloth) and 978 0 7165 2994 1 (paper).


Work in progress

Working on a life of the controversial Irish soldier General John Nicholson (1822-1857).


Outside interests

Heritage and botanic gardens; battlefields of South Africa; and Ireland-South Africa cultural links.

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