Carmel McCaffrey is an Irish born author and lectures on Irish history, literature, culture, and language at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. She has also taught classes on the native language of Ireland, the Irish language.
She was the series historical consultant for the three part PBS/RTÉ TV series 'In Search of Ancient Ireland' and co-author of the accompanying book of the same title. McCaffrey is also the author of the book 'In Search of Ireland's Heroes: The Story of the Irish from the English Invasion to the Present Day'. She founded and edited the literary review Wild About Wilde (1986-96) dedicated to the works of the 19th-century Irish author, Oscar Wilde.