Barry was born and raised in Ireland but after graduating with a B.A. in history and political science and an M.A. in history from University College Dublin he has led the life of a peripatetic historian. He studied Chinese in China and Taiwan for two years, where he also taught English and conducted historical research, and then moved to the United States to enter the Ph.D. program in history at Georgetown University. Barry received several awards and fellowships for his doctoral dissertation research including a George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award, Huntington Library Fellowship, and a Cosmos Scholars Award, which enabled him to carry out research at dozens of libraries and archives in the United States and internationally.
Barry is currently an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at New York University, where he teaches courses and mentors undergraduate students in world history, U.S. history, and Irish history. He is also working on turning his dissertation into a book. Before coming to New York University he taught world history at CUNY-Hunter College and U.S. history at McDaniel College. He has helped students prepare for the AP World, U.S., and European history exams and as a result of his teaching style and ability to relay (to quote one of his students) “the subject matter in a refreshingly non-Eurocentric way,” he has received outstanding teaching evaluations. Furthermore, having worked as a public historian with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, which involved communicating with audiences from around the world, he has the capacity to convey information and complex phenomena in an accessible and engaging manner.
In his free time, Barry enjoys trail running, competing in triathlons, and strolling around parks with his wife and one-year-old daughter.