Tom Deignan is the author of "Irish Americans: Coming to America" (Barron’s) and served as a contributing writer for the book "Irish American Chronicle" (Publications International Ltd.).
He writes the weekly Sidewalks column for the Irish Voice newspaper and contributes a monthly Op Ed column to the Newark Star Ledger.
His writing has appeared in newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Irish Independent, and magazines such as Commonweal, America, Publisher's Weekly and Irish America. Currently an English teacher in Brooklyn, Deignan has taught history, cinema and English at CUNY, St. John’s University and Bowling Green State University.
Born in Staten Island, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children. He is currently working on a novel set in Brooklyn on the eve of World War II.
How one Irish immigrant helped lead the charge against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s.
A look at the fascinating life of Irish American Edmund Michael Burke.
Tom Deignan considers President Trump's infamous "shithole" remarks about Haiti, where two of Amy Coney Barrett's children are from.
Tom Deignan takes a look at the lighter side after a week of bad news.
Celebrating the Irish roots of "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Tom Deignan ponders the possibilities for a modern, Irish take on "West Side Story."
Tom Deignan reminds us that "the 21st-century American city is still, to a significant degree, an invention of Irish Catholic immigrants."
From cruel history to Irish slang, this is the definitive list of must-read books for Irish Americans from expert Tom Deignan.