Clinical Associate Professor of Irish Studies and History
Glucksman Ireland House, New York University

Areas of Research/Interest

• Ireland and the Atlantic World before 1800
• Early-modern maritime history
• The overseas trade of British America
• The Seven Years’ War in the Atlantic
• 18th-century urban life, particularly New York City


Ph.D., Trinity College, Dublin
M.A., Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut)
M.B.A., Syracuse University
B.S., Boston College


Thomas M. Truxes is Clinical Associate Professor of Irish Studies and History at New York University. He specializes in early-modern Irish history and the history of the Atlantic World prior to 1800, especially the role played by overseas trading enterprises linking Ireland to the larger Atlantic economy and society. The impact of war on early-modern commerce and the role of Irish communities in London and pre-Revolutionary New York City are topics explored in recent work.

His course offerings at NYU include “History of Modern Ireland I” (Elizabethan Ireland to the Act of Union); “Ireland in the Atlantic World,” “Merchants, Mariners, and the Formation of the American Economy,” and a Freshman Honors Seminar, “New York and the American Revolution.”

Professor Truxes is the author of Irish-American Trade, 1660-1783 (Cambridge University Press, 1988) and Letterbook of Greg & Cunningham, 1756-57: Merchants of New York and Belfast (Oxford University Press for The British Academy, 2001), the correspondence of the most successful Irish-American trading firm of the colonial period.

His most recent book, Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York (Yale University Press, 2008) was a finalist for the 2009 Francis Parkman Prize presented by the Society of American Historians and was named “Best Book of 2008” by the American Revolution Round Table of New York.

Professor Truxes is now at work on a comprehensive history of the overseas trade of British America (1607-1775) for Yale University Press.

Prior to NYU, he taught in the History Department at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In November 2007, he presented the ninth annual Ernie O’Malley Lecture at New York University.

Professor Truxes earned a doctorate in modern history at Trinity College, Dublin. His thesis, under the supervision of Professor L. M. Cullen, is a comprehensive study of Irish-colonial commerce from the mid-seventeenth century through the conclusion of the American Revolution.