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Professor Marianne Elliott

(Elected 2018)

Professor Marianne Elliott is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Belfast-born Marianne was Director of the Institute from 1997 to 2014 and she held the first Blair Chair of Irish Studies, which was established to recognise Tony Blair's role in brokering the Good Friday Agreement, from 2007 to 2014.

She has played an important role in promoting Northern Ireland peace efforts, notably co-writing the 1993 report of the Opsahl Commission, 'A Citizens' Inquiry'. She was awarded an OBE for services to Irish Studies and the peace process in October 2000 and she was also recognised with the Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award in 2017.

Marianne is internationally recognised as one of Ireland's leading historians and is best known for her acclaimed biography, Wolfe Tone: Prophet of Irish Independence (1991). Other books include Partners in Revolution: The United Irishmen and France (1982), Robert Emmet: The Making of a Legend (2003), The Catholics of Ulster: A History (2000), When God Took Sides: Religion and Identity in Ireland (2009) and Hearthlands: A Memoir of the White City Housing Estate in Belfast (2017).

She lectured in history at Birkbeck for two years, before returning to Liverpool in 1993 - where she had earlier been a research fellow - as Professor of Modern History. A Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Irish Academy, Marianne delivered the prestigious Ford Lectures at Oxford University in 2005.