With a background in modern North Atlantic history, David A. Wilson specializes in Modern Irish History and the Irish in North America. His books include Paine and Cobbett: The Transatlantic Connection; Ireland, a Bicycle and a Tin Whistle; United Irishmen, United States: Immigrant Radicals in the Early Republic; and The History of the Future. He has edited or co-edited books on Peter Porcupine in America: Pamphlets on Republicanism and Revolution; Ulster Presbyterians in the Atlantic World; The Orange Order in Canada; Irish Nationalism in Canada; and Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples.
Prof. Wilson's Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Volume 1: Passion, Reason, and Politics 1825-57 received the Raymond Klibansky Prize from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and was co-winner of the James S. Donnelly prize given by the American Conferencefor Irish Studies. His Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Volume 2: The Extreme Moderate won the Canadian Historical Association Political History prize.
Prof. Wilson is a recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award. He is currently the General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and is writing a book on the Fenian underground in Canada.
- Thomas D'Arcy McGee: Volume 2. (MQUP: 2011)
- Irish Nationalism in Canada. (McGill-Queens University Press: 2009)
- Thomas D’Arcy McGee Volume 1 Passion, Reason, and Politics, 1825-1857. (MQUP: 2008)
- The Orange Order in Canada. (Four Courts Press Ltd : 2007)
- Ulster Presbyterians in the Atlantic World: Religion, Politics and Identity. (Four Courts Press Ltd : 2006)
- Raymond Klibansky Prize , Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
- James S. Donnelly (Co-Recipient), American Conference for Irish Studies
- Canadian Historical Association Political History