I studied BA Modern History at the University of Westminster from 2003-06, and gained a MA in Irish History from Queen's University in 2007 and was awarded my doctorate there in 2010. I have been lecturing in history at the University of Westminster since 2011. My teaching has a 20th century focus and cuts across Irish British and US history.
I am the Course Leader for the BA History Degree
- History Tutorial
- History Tutorial 2
- Blood and Iron: The Making of the Modern World Part One 1750-1914
- Civil War to Civil Rights: Race Society and Politics in the USA 1850-1970
- Fenians to Free State: The Making of Modern Ireland 1868-1923
- History Dissertation
- History and Politics Dissertation
- Practical Work in Historical Archives - History Internship
Irish communism and more broadly the left in Ireland from the development of New Unionism until the end of the Cold War; Irish political organisations in Britain; twentieth century social and political history. Urban History with a focus on Belfast.
Francis Devine and Patrick Smylie (eds), Left Lives in 20th Century Ireland, Vol. 3: Communist Lives (Umiskin Press, 2020).
Patrick Smylie, 'Communism in Cold War Belfast, 1945-62', Labour History Review (2020), 85 (1), pp. 59-83.
Patrick Smylie, 'A Cautionary Antecedent: The Belfast Career of John Bruce Wallace' in Francis Devine, and Séan Byers (eds), William Walker,1870-1918, Belfast Labour Unionist, Centenary Essays (Umiskin Press, 2018).
Patrick Smylie, 'The CPGB, the Connolly Association and Irish communism, 1945–1962', Labour History (2017) 58 (5), pp. 639-655.
Patrick Smylie, 'Betty Sinclair' in O'Connor, E. and Cunningham J.(eds), Studies in Irish radical leadership is a collection of biographies of labour leaders and radical activists (Manchester University Press, 2016).
Current Research Projects
- Patrick is currently working on journal articles pertaining to Irish Communism, and Civil Disobedience in Ireland.
- 'Sectarian suburbs ' a book which examines the impact of 'the Troubles' on Housing policy in Belfast
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.