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.
Reflecting on the passing of How the Irish Became White author Noel Ignatiev and how the Irish punched downward in the United States.
Ragamuffin Day is still celebrated each year with a Thanksgiving parade in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
America is in need of a revolution! Perhaps in this columnist's daughter's lifetime, there will be a female president of the United States.
Irish American Catholics played a central role in the early 1960s Washington.
Recalling the brilliants of the Irish folk band The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Maken on the anniversary of the great Tom Clancy's death.
Chuckie O'Brien "The Irishman" character explained.
The troublesome task of choosing which inspiring women to memorialize in New York's Central Park.