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.
As the United States analyzes what statues they'll keep and which to take down we have to ask where will this stop?
"If you take a stance and everybody around you simply applauds, you may want to stand a little taller and see what happens if you pop the bubble."
Tom Deignan considers the recent attempts at censoring President Trump and Senator Cotton in relation to James Joyce.
It’s a fair question to ask these days when the whole damn country feels like it’s coming apart.
"There’s a good cop in my book, he’s an Irishman... I think the narrative that dehumanizes policemen is dangerous."
On this day, May 1, in 1931, the iconic Empire State Building opened from the photographer who documented it to financiers and the laborers the Irish were involved from the foundations.