A Gaelic language enthusiast and education expert at The University of Western Australia's Graduate School of Education was this week elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS).
Winthrop Professor Tom O'Donoghue is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.
The RHS was founded in 1868 and is the foremost society in the United Kingdom promoting and defending the scholarly study of the past.
Professor O'Donoghue specialises in the history of education in the English-speaking world, with particular reference to the history of teachers and the process of education in faith-based schools. He is currently writing a history of Catholic religious teaching brothers in the English-speaking world in the 20th century.
In related research, he examines the historical antecedents of various contemporary educational issues.
"It is nice to have my research recognised by historians as well as by educationalists," he said.
Professor O'Donoghue worked as a high school teacher in Ireland and as a teacher, educator and university academic in Ireland, Papua New Guinea and around Australia.
He is a member of editorial boards of History of Education (UK), History of Education Quarterly (USA), Journal of Educational Administration and History (UK), The Australian Journal of Irish Studies, The Welsh Journal of Education, and The Australian Journal of Teacher Education.