Skip to Main Content Skip to Main Navigation

Give to Lehman

Lehman College

Department of Languages and Literatures at Lehman College

Faculty - Thomas W. Ihde, Chair


Thomas W. Ihde, ChairE-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-8215
Office: Carman Hall, Room 257 A
Rank: Professor/Director, Comparative Literature Program
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., St. Mary's Univ., Texas; M.Phil., Ph.D., Univ. of Dublin

Tomás Ó hÍde (Ihde) received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Mary's University, an M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and also a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Dublin (Trinity College) in 1998. Before joining the Department of Languages and Literatures, he taught for eight years in the Department of Middle and High School Education at Lehman College coordinating their foreign language program. Since moving to the Department of Languages and Literatures in 2008, he presents papers and publishes articles under a Gaelicized version of his name. He currently teaches elementary Irish language courses at Lehman College and Queens College. Additionally, he teaches advanced literature courses in the Irish language to students at Lehman College who are matriculated in the B.A. in Comparative Literature program, Irish Language Sequence. In Fall 2018, he co-teaching Old Irish for Ph.D. students with Prof. John Gillen at the CUNY Graduate Center.


Second language acquisition, curriculum design, the history of the Irish language, Irish language folklore, and Irish language film studies.

Research Interests

With nearly a century of Irish language film celebrated, three major periods can be distinguished, cinema shorts from the 1930s through 1950s, television programming of the 1960s through 1980s, and the birth of TG4 in the 1990s to present. Some film has been specifically produced for native Irish language speakers, while other programs appear for second language learners. A theme of Irish folklore appears occasionally in select programs throughout the three periods. Focus on the Irish language itself as topic of a program has generally been avoided until only recently.


Ó hÍde, Tomás. Seáinín Tom Sheáin: From Árainn to the Silver Screen. Dublin: The Folklore of Ireland Council, (forthcoming).

Ihde, Thomas, Máire Ní Neachtain, Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, and John Gillen. Colloquial Irish 2: The Next Step in Language Learning. New York: Routledge, (forthcoming).

Ihde, Thomas, Máire Ní Neachtain, Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, and John Gillen. Colloquial Irish. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Ihde, Thomas, ed. The Irish Language in the United States: a historical, sociolinguistic, and applied linguistic survey. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey, 1994.

Recent Journal Articles and Chapters in Edited Books:

Ó hÍde, Tomás. "An Béaloideasaí as Béarra agus An Gaodhal." An Gael 38 (2018): 29-33.

Ó hÍde, Tomás. "Seáinín Tom Sheáin and 'The Shepherd and the Mass'." Béaloideas 84 (2016): 18-41.

Ó hÍde, Tomás. "Robert J. Flaherty and Seáinín Tom Ó Dioráin: Lights, Camera, and (Not Too Much) Action." Estudios Irlandeses 11 (2016): 118-131.

Ó hÍde, Tomás. "Robert Flaherty's Oidhche Sheanchais: The First Film in Irish." New Hibernia Review 18 (2014): 68-86.

Ó hÍde, Tomás. "Emancipation through exile: Irish speakers in the Americas." InCelts in the Americas, edited by Michael Newton, 56-75. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2013.

Ó hÍde, Tomás. "Cén chaoi a bhFoghlaimíonn Duine Fásta Teanga Nua?" An tÚll Mór 1 (2012).

Ihde, Thomas. "Irish American Identity and the Irish Language." In Affecting Irishness: Negotiating Cultural Identity Within and Beyond the Nation, edited by James P. Byrne, Padraig Kirwan and Michael O'Sullivan, 219-230. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.

Ihde, Thomas. "Irish Language Learning Textbooks Published in the United States: 1873-1904." New Hibernia Review 9 (2005): 137-151.

Ihde, Thomas. "Teacher and Student Roles in Multimedia Language Learning." Teanga: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics 20 (2001-2002): 69-87.

Ihde, Thomas. "Curriculum Development and Textbook Design for North American Learners of Irish." Language, Culture, & Curriculum 13, no. 1 (2000): 1-12.

Ihde, Thomas. "Issues in the design of credited Irish courses" Journal of Celtic Language Learning 5 (2000): 5-19.