Dr JoAnne Mancini


Associate Professor

Rhetoric House
(01) 708 3926



J. M. Mancini MRIA (Ph.D., M.A., Johns Hopkins; B.A., University of Virginia) is Associate Professor in History.  Before coming to Maynooth, she taught in the University of Sussex, in University College Cork, and in Canada. She has held grants and fellowships from institutions including the Getty Research Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, the Huntington Library, the Paul Mellon Centre, the British Library's Eccles Centre, the AHRB (UK) and the IRC.  In 2021-2022 she was Terra Visiting Professor in the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin.

Mancini is an interdisciplinary scholar whose historical interests intersect with interests in architecture, the built environment and cities; citizenship and migration; education; and visual and material culture.  She is also interested in how interdisciplinary historical perspectives can illuminate policy issues and decision making, particularly with reference to equality.  Her recent articles on urban teenagers, unequal provision of education and unequal access to active transport are viewable open-access in Irish Educational Studies.

Her last book,
Art and War in the Pacific World: Making, Breaking and Taking from Anson's Voyage to the Philippine-American War (California, 2018) was described as ‘essential reading for scholars interested in the global interchange of art, objects, and architecture during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’ (American Historical Review) that ‘expertly highlights . . . the impact that warfare can have on city planning and architecture’ (Journal of American History), a ‘compelling work of interdisciplinary scholarship’ (Pacific Historical Review) and ‘a remarkable work’ (Global Maritime History).  She is also the author of Pre-Modernism: Art-World Change and American Culture from the Civil War to the Armory Show (Princeton, 2005) as well as articles and essays in a wide range of international peer-reviewed journals including American Quarterly, Critical Inquiry, and the Journal of American History.  Her collaborative research includes Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction (Routledge, 2015), edited with Keith Bresnahan, and a special issue on music in the nineteenth-century US in the journal American Nineteenth Century History, edited with Billy Coleman (2023).  

Mancini’s writing has won Irish and international prizes including the 50th Anniversary Peggy O'Brien Book Prize, the Charles C. Eldredge Prize, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Prize and the Yasuo Sakakibara Prize.

She was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2022.

Mancini takes an interest in communicating academic perspectives to wider audiences. In addition to numerous contributions to Newstalk Radio's Talking History, she has appeared on Irish and international programmes including RTÉ Television's Prime Time and live U.S. Presidential election panels, Today, The Pat Kenny Show, BBC World Service's World Questions, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities show BackStory, broadcast on National Public Radio.  She has also contributed to RTÉ Brainstorm, and her research has been referenced by media outlets including RTÉ, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and The Irish Examiner.



Year Publication
2018 J. M. Mancini (2018) Art and War in the Pacific World. Oakland: University of California Press.
2005 J. M. Mancini (2005) Pre-Modernism: Art-World Change and American Culture from the Civil War to the Armory Show. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. [Link]

Edited Book

Year Publication
2015 J M Mancini and K Bresnahan (Ed.). (2015) Architecture and Armed Conflict. London: Routledge, [Link]

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 J M Mancini (2022) '‘Children from these communities’: unequal school provision, segregation, and the Irish educational landscape'. Irish Educational Studies, . [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]
2022 J M Mancini (2022) 'Disaster country: Henry Clay Work, forgetting, and the politics of American popular song'. Massachusetts Historical Review, 23 .
2016 J M Mancini (2016) 'Disrupting the transpacific: objects, architecture, war, panic'. Colonial Latin American Review, 25 (1):35-55. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 J. M. Mancini; Dana Leibsohn (2015) 'Horizons pacifiques de l'art americain'. Perspective (France), (2):148-154. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2010 Mancini, JM (2010) 'Because It Is My Culture: Technology and Agency in the Overseas US Cultural History Classroom'. Journal of American History, 96 :1127-1132.
2008 Mancini, JM; Finlay, G (2008) 'Citizenship Matters: Lessons from the Irish citizenship referendum'. American quarterly, 60 :575-599.
2011 J. M. Mancini (2011) 'Siege mentalities: Objects in motion, british imperial expansion, and the pacific turn'. Winterthur Portfolio-A Journal Of American Material Culture, 45 (2-3):125-140. [Full-Text]
2011 J. M. Mancini (2011) ''Pedro Cambón’s Asian objects: a transpacific approach to eighteenth-century California''. American Art, 25 :28-51. [Full-Text]
2002 Mancini, J. M. (2002) 'Discovering Viking America'. Critical Inquiry, 28 :868-907. [Full-Text]
1999 Mancini, J. M. (1999) 'One Term is a Fatuous as Another:' Responses to the Armory Show Reconsidered'. American quarterly, 51 :833-870. [Full-Text]
1998 Mancini, J. M. (1998) ''The Safeness of Standing Alone: Alfred Stieglitz, Camera Work and the Organizational Roots of the American Avant-Garde''. Canadian Review of American Studies, 28 :37-79. [Full-Text]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2019 J. M. Mancini (2019) 'Condensed reprint of 'Pedro Cambón’s Asian objects: a transpacific approach to eighteenth-century California'' In: Eighteenth-Century Art Worlds. London : Bloomsbury.
2017 J. M. Mancini (2017) 'American Art’s Dark Matter: Uncirculation from Revolution to Empire' In: Circulation. Chicago : Terra Foundation for American Art, dist. by University of Chicago Press.
2016 Graham Finlay and J. M. Mancini (2016) '‘Her life within the home’: The construction of gender and female international migrant workers in the Republic of Ireland' In: Women migrant workers: Ethical, political and legal problems. New York : Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415534079
2015 J. M. Mancini (2015) 'The Pacific World and American Art History' In: Companion to American Art. London : Wiley-Blackwell.
2012 J. M. Mancini (2012) 'Destructive Creation: The U.S.-Philippine Relationship in American Art' In: East-West Interchanges in American Art. Washington, D.C : Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press.

Other Journal

Year Publication
2015 Mancini, J. M. (2015) 'Bully Pulpit' Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Winter . [Full-Text]
2009 Mancini, J. M. (2009) ''Worlds'' American Art, 23 . [Full-Text]
2003 Mancini, J. M. (2003) ''Reviving the Folk Revival'' Common-Place, 3 . [Full-Text]
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2022 Elected to Membership, Royal Irish Academy Royal Irish Academy
+Book, article and paper prizes+ Since Ph.D.
01/01/2021 Peggy O'Brien Book Prize -- 50th Anniversary Book Prize Irish Association for American Studies
01/01/2012 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Prize American Art (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
01/01/2008 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in American Art Smithsonian American Art Museum
01/01/2002 Yasuo Sakakibara Prize American Studies Association
+External fellowships and grants+ Since Ph.D.
01/01/2022 Terra Visiting Professorship 2021-2022, Freie Universität Berlin Terra Foundation/Freie Universität Berlin
01/01/2022 Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship, British Library British Library/BAAS
01/01/2016 Publication (Author) Grant Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
01/01/2015 Research Support Grant The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
01/01/2014 Travel Grant Latin American Studies Association
01/01/2012 Msgr. Francis Weber and Mayer Fellow Huntington Library, San Marino, California
01/01/2011 Eccles Centre Visiting European Fellowship in North American Studies British Library/BAAS
01/01/2007 Helm fellowship, Lilly Library Indiana University
01/01/2006 Getty Scholar 2006-2007 Getty Research Institute
01/01/2005 British Academy Exchange Grant Royal Irish Academy
01/01/2003 Arts and Humanities Research Board Small Grant in the Creative and Performing Arts AHRB (UK)
01/01/2002 Andrew Oliver Research Fellowship Massachusetts Historical Society
01/01/2001 Robert R. Wark Fellowship Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California
01/01/1999 Postdoctoral Fellowship Smithsonian Institution
01/01/1998 Research Grant Minnesota Historical Society
01/01/2001 Hamilton Research Grant Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Johns Hopkins University Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University M.A.
University of Virginia B.A. with High Honors

Other Activities

Selected Invited Lectures/Seminars: Courtauld Institute of Art, 1/2020; UCLA, 11/19; Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 8/19; University College Dublin, 3/18; Burke Lecture, Department of Art History, Indiana University, 9/16; W. A. Emmerson Lecture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 3/15; 'L’Armory Show à 100 ans/The Armory Show at 100', Musée d’Orsay, Paris, 12/13; 'Religion and American Art', CASVA, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 10/12; History Teachers’ Association of Ireland, 3/12; Alan Graham Memorial Lecture (Plenary), European Association for American Studies, 3/10; 'East-West Interchanges in American Art’, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 10/09; ‘Words Matter’, Smithsonian American Art Museum (Keynote, ‘Art Worlds, World Arts’), 9/08 Selected network participation: ·Initiative Fellow, Material Economies of Religion project directed by the Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale Univ. (http://mavcor.yale.edu/), 2017-present ·COST Action IS0904, 'European Architecture beyond Europe' (2012-2014)