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Gráinne McEvoy

post-doctoral fellow

Grainne McEvoy


Office: Stokes Hall, Room S318

Telephone: (617) 552-8956

Twitter: @GrainneMcEvoy

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Boston College, 2014
M.Phil, Trinity College Dublin, 2007
M.A., University of Edinburgh, 2005

Research Interests: 

20th Century United States; American Immigration, Ethnicity and Race; American Catholic History; Irish Global Migration. 

Manuscript in Progress: 

"Justice and Order: American Catholic Social Thought and the Immigration Question in the Restriction Era, 1917-1965."


Review of Bernadette Whelan’s American Government in Ireland, 1790-1913: A History of the U.S. Consular Service (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011) in Irish Studies Review 21.1 (February 2013).

Entries on: “Mother Angela Gillespie”, “Elizabeth Flynn Rodgers,” “Sister Julia McGroaty,” “Margaret Haley,” “International Typographical Union,” and “Protective Legislation” in Hasia R. Diner, ed., Women in American History: An Encyclopedia (New York: Facts on File, forthcoming).

Awards and Fellowships (Selected):

  • Junior Scholars Research Grant, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College (May 2014).
  • Fellow, Graduate Fellows Program, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College (2012-14).
  • John Higham Travel Grant, Organization of American Historians-Immigration and Ethnic History Society (April 2013).
  • University Dissertation Fellowship, Boston College (2011-12).
  • Littleton-Griswold Research Grant, American Historical Association (June 2011).
  • Research Travel Grant, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame (January 2011).
  • Dorothy Mohler Research Grant, American Catholic History Research Center, Catholic University of America (January 2011).
  • Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College (May 2010).
  • Irish Studies Fellowship, Boston College (5-year fellowship awarded in 2007).
  • Irish Fulbright Commission Award in the Humanities (2007-08).
  • Janet S. Christie Award, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (June 2005).

Conference Presentations (Selected):

“‘A Christian and Democratic Attitude:’ The Catholic Campaign for Education and Enlightenment on Immigration Policy, 1952-1957.” Immigration and Urban History Seminar, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA, April 29, 2014.

“‘The Reunion of Families and Justice to the Alien’: The Catholic Social Critique of U.S. Immigration Law, 1924-1936.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 3-5, 2014.

“Catholic Social Thought and the Interdisciplinary Critique of U.S. Immigration Law, 1952-1965.” Social Science History Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, November 21-24, 2013 (Panel Organizer)

“Crusade for a Christian and Democratic Attitude Toward Immigration”: Education, Enlightenment, and the American Catholic Philosophy on Immigration Reform, 1952-1965.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 11-14, 2013. (Panel Organizer)  

 “The More Favorable Distribution of Men on the Earth’s Surface”: Papal Doctrine, Catholic Thought, and the Immigration Debate in Post-World War II United States.” Conference on International History, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 7-9, 2012.

 “A ‘Constructive’ Immigration Policy: American Catholic Social Critics, Immigration Restriction, and the Living Wage, 1916-1929.” American Catholic Historical Association, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 5-8, 2012. (Panel Organizer.)