Kathleen Noonan

Title: Professor, Chair

Concentration: British Isles, Colonial America, Early Modern Europe

Education: Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara

Office: Stevenson 2070C

Phone: (707) 664-2959

Email: noonan@sonoma.edu

Bio: Professor Kathleen Noonan, a native of Bayonne, New Jersey, received her B.A. in History and English from Georgetown University. She received her M.A. in Modern and Early Modern European history and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Before coming to Sonoma State, Professor Noonan taught at Pomona College and Mills College.  In addition to her work as a historian, she has extensive experience as an archivist and manuscript curator at Georgetown University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and as a senior writer for university development at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She lives in the East Bay with her husband and daughter and is active in education and civic groups in Contra Costa County and social action outreach in Pleasant Hill and San Francisco. She is currently Chair of the Sonoma State University History Department.


  • HIST 202: The Development of the Modern World
  • HIST 251: US History to 1877
  • HIST 371: Irish Nationalism
  • HIST 371: Science and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 391: The Study of History
  • HIST 410: Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 414: Gender and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 426: Britain and Ireland:  1399 to the 1714
  • HIST 428: Modern Britain
  • HIST 451: The American Revolution and Early Republic
  • HIST 498: Senior Seminar: the Atlantic World
  • HIST 498: Senior Seminar: Rebels and Rulers
  • HIST 498: Senior Seminar: The Irish Famine and Diaspora
  • HIST 498: Senior Seminar: Empire and Revolution
  • HIST 510: Graduate Pro-seminar
  • HIST 597: Historical Themes and Issues

Selected Scholarship:

Review of Kevin McKenny, The Laggan Army in Ireland, 1640-1685:  The Landed Interests, Political Ideologies and Military Campaigns of North-west Ulster Settlers, Journal of British Studies, 46:1, January 2007, pp. 173-175.

"'Martyrs in Flames': the Irish in English martyrologies," Albion, 36: 2, Summer 2004, pp. 223-255.

Instructor's Manual, Hollister, McGee, Stokes, The West Transformed, Harcourt College Publishers, 1999.

"The cruell pressure of an enraged, barbarous people': Irish and English identity in seventeenth-century policy and propaganda" Historical Journal, 41:1, March 1998, pp. 151-177.

"Untangling the Web: the Use of the World Wide Web as a Pedagogical Tool in History Courses," The History Teacher, 31:2, February 1998, pp. 205-219.