Dr. Douglas Kanter

University of Chicago
Associate Professor and Chair
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern Britain
  • Modern Ireland
  • British Empire

Email: dkanter1@fau.edu
Office Phone: 561-297-3841

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Douglas Kanter, Chair of the Department of History, specializes in the histories of modern Britain and Ireland, with an emphasis on Anglo-Irish relations in the nineteenth century. He is the author of The Making of British Unionism, 1740-1848: Politics, Government and the Anglo-Irish Constitutional Relationship (2009) and co-editor of Taxation, Politics, and Protest in Ireland, 1662-2016 (2019). Dr. Kanter has also contributed a chapter to the Cambridge History of Ireland (2018), written biographical entries for The History of Parliament and the Dictionary of Irish Biography, and published articles in such leading scholarly journals as The English Historical ReviewIrish Historical Studies, and The Historical Journal.  A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, his research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, the Huntington Library, and Gladstone's Library.

Dr. Kanter is currently completing a book on the Irish policy of the Victorian Prime Minister, William Gladstone.  His other research interests include Irish fiscal, electoral, and parliamentary politics during the "long" nineteenth century.

Before coming to Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Kanter received his B.A. from Northwestern University (1997), and his M.A. (1999) and Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Chicago.


  • Historical Methods
  • History of Civilization I and II
  • Modern Britain
  • British Empire
  • Modern Ireland
  • Nineteenth-Century Europe
  • Senior Seminar
  • Readings in Modern British/Irish History
  • Problems in Modern British/Irish History

Curriculum Vitae (Available upon request)