David Wilson

Professor, Department of History
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European and Eurasian Studies
David Wilson

Areas of interest

  • The Irish in North America
  • Revolutionary and conservative movements
  • State security and civil liberty
  • Religion and nationalism
  • Ireland
  • Race and empires



David A. Wilson is the General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Professor in the History Department and Celtic Studies Program at the University of Toronto. He has written and edited twelve books, including a prize-winning two-volume biography of Thomas D’Arcy McGee and the recently-published Canadian Spy Story:  Irish Revolutionaries and the Secret Police, and he is a recipient of the University of Toronto’s Outstanding Teaching Award. He is currently specializing in Irish diasporic history, with a particular interest in Ireland’s complex relationship with colonialism and racism.


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