Colm is a Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, where he recently completed his PhD. His research focuses on modern British and Irish history, with a specialism in twentieth-century British politics and his PhD investigated contested ideas of 'modernisation' in the Labour Party and British left from 1973-1997. It offers a new history of the left from the 1970s to the end of the century, and of the competing paths open to a troubled Labour Party. It also provides a new political-intellectual account of the rise of 'New Labour'.
His next project will examine the crisis of British Keynesianism from the 1970s to the 1990s, especially the different Keynesian responses to deindustrialisation and globalisation.
Colm maintains an interest in twentieth-century Irish history, having previously taught 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland since 1968 and published on the 1913 Dublin Lockout.