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John Harney

Associate Professor

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BA English and History, University College Cork
MA Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield
PhD History, The University of Texas at Austin


John Harney came to Centre in 2013 as an assistant professor of history and was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2019. His scholarly interests include identity formation and colonial and post-colonial relations in East Asia, the history of popular participation in sports in the modern era, Catholicism and Catholic communities in 20th-century China, representations of history in video games, and the wider uses and interpretations of history in popular culture.

John founded the Centre College Esports Program in 2019 and served as Director and Head Coach for three years. He remains a supporter of Centre esports and collegiate esports competitions.


“All-Stars, Amateurs and Acrimony: Gene Doyle’s 1920 Tour,” In: Robert K. Fitts, Bill Nowlin and James Forr (ed.), Nichibei Yakyu: US Tours of Japan, Volume I: 1907-1958. Phoenix, Arizona: Society for American Baseball Research (2022). 

Empire of Infields: Baseball in Taiwan and Cultural Identity, 1895-1968. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska (2019) 

“An American Adventure: The American Vincentians in Jiangxi before 1949,” US Catholic Historian, 34:2, 2016.

“Enshrining the Mission: The Bishop Sheehan Memorial Museum and Vincentian Visions of China,” American Catholic Studies 126.3, Fall 2015.

“Vincentian Missionaries in Jiangxi Province: Extending an American Catholic Community to China, 1921-1951.” In: Cindy Yik-yi Chu (ed.), Catholicism in China, 1900-Present. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

“Youth Baseball and Colonial Identity in Taiwan, 1920-1968,” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, 22:1, Fall 2013.

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