2023 Arts & Culture Awards

Thomas (TE) Caulfield, PhD

I am married to Nancy Krug and have two adult children, Liam and Lauren Caulfield. I am also blessed to have four grandchildren - Hannah, Máiréad, Brian, and Declan. When I see my family members so passionate about promoting Irish and Irish-American arts and culture, it gives me great pleasure. I believe we should all be thankful that we can engage in the traditions that enrich our collective society on both sides of the Atlantic. 

During my twilight years, I earned a PhD in Public Administration. This academic pursuit examined anti-government efforts in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. I eventually completed an interpretive phenomenological study titled “Non-violent Resistance to Security Policy in Nationalist Northern Ireland, 1970-1981.” The research included interviews with protestors from Belfast and Derry who opposed British security measures during the Falls Road Curfew (1970) through the Blanket and No-Wash protests and up to the suspension of the 1981 Hunger Strikes.

After 23 years of public service, I retired, but still provide consulting services to public agencies and municipalities throughout Western New York. In addition, I have had the opportunity to teach or lecture in the subject areas of government, physical force politics, and conflict management. Finally, I am a proud member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Martin Wynne Branch) where I have studied Gaeilge for many years in the Scoil Cultúir na hÉireann.


2023 Arts & Culture Awards