Ian McBride took up the Foster chair of Irish History in 2016. Before his appointment to Oxford he taught at King’s College London for sixteen years. His is the author of The Siege of Derry in Ulster Protestant Mythology (1997), Scripture Politics: Ulster Presbyterians and Irish Radicalism in the Late Eighteenth Century (1998), and Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Isle of Slaves (2009). His most recent publication is The Princeton History of Modern Ireland (2016), edited with Richard Bourke. He is completing work on Irish Political Writings I, a volume for the new Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift. He currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Award which will enable him to spend two years researching and writing a study of the impact of the penal laws on eighteenth-century Ireland.