Tomás Ó h-Íde (Ihde) received a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Dublin (Trinity College) in 1998. He lectures in the Irish Language section of the Department of Languages and Literatures at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He has served as Director of the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies and President of the North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers. He was primary author of the books The Irish Language in the United States (1994) and Colloquial Irish (2008).