Dr Francis Costello is a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute from 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015.
is a native of the US who has lived and worked in Belfast for the past fifteen years.
He was head of International Trade and Business Assistance for the Boston Economic Development Industrial Corporation 1989-1992 and served in the US Federal Government during the Clinton Administration and prior to that as a Congressional staff member in the US House and Senate as well as holding posts in state and local government including Chief of Staff to Rep.
Along with a PhD from Boston College Dr Costello also holds a Masters Degree from the School of International Affairs and Public Affairs at Columbia University where he was also Programme Manager of the Northern Ireland Community Builders Programme, as well as an M.A. in History from New York University and a B.A. from Fordham University.
is married to Anne O'Connor-Costello and they have four sons Owen, Emmett, Conor and Ronan.
Dr Costello is a Trustee of the Ulster Historical Foundation and has served as a Governor of the Linen Hall Library Belfast as well as his involvement in a range of civic and sporting activities.
is the author of three books of Irish interest and contributing author to a fourth: 1.
The Irish Revolution and the Aftermath (Irish Academic Press 2003) 2.
The Meaning of the Famine (Leicester University Press with Dr. Costello
as a contributing writer dealing with the Irish famine and the United States.
is also the author of numerous scholarly articles on modern Ireland in publications such as such as Eire/Ireland and the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
including the award winning articles for Irish historical writing such as "The Irish Representatives to the Anglo-Irish Conference 1921 Violators of their Authority or Victims of Contradictory Instructions?
Éire Ireland Summer 1989 (awarded For Masters Award in Irish Historical Writing Irish American Cultural Institute) and "George V's Speech at Belfast: Prelude to the Anglo-Irish Truce" also in Eire Ireland.
is currently writing a book on the Global Impact of the Greta Irish Famine which also deals with the effects of the Famine on Ulster
and the City of Belfast in particular