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Shannon Monaghan

ph.d. candidate

Shannon Monaghan


Dissertation title: “Democracy and the “Unmixing of Peoples:” The First World War Victors and Making of the European Post-Versailles Order at Home, 1918-1925”

Dissertation committee: James Cronin (advisor), Devin Pendas (advisor), Eric Weitz

Educational Background:

BA, Yale College
Undergraduate thesis: The Accidental Partitionist: David Lloyd George and the Anglo-Irish Treaty Negotiations of 1921
Advisor: Jay Winter

Research interests:

Transnational modern Europe; First World War and interwar history; war and society; 20th century population engineering and the limits of the law

Awards and Fellowships:

  • Pensionnaire étranger exchange fellowship, École Normale Supérieure, Paris (declined, 2014-15)
  • Graduate Fellow, Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy, Boston College (2012 – 2014)
  • Conference Travel Grant, Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy, Boston College (2013)
  • Summer Research Stipend, Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy, Boston College (2012)
  • Irish Studies Fellowship, Boston College (2011 – present)
  • Robin Berlin Fellowship for undergraduate thesis research, Yale University (2008)


“Whose Country, Whose Soldiers, Whose Responsibility? First World War Ex-Servicemen and the Development of the Irish Free State, 1923–1939.” Contemporary European History, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Feb., 2014), pp. 75-94.

Conference Presentations:

“Republican Population Engineering on the Rhine: The French State in Alsace, 1918 – 1925,” 20th International Conference of Europeanists: Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability, Council for European Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  June 25, 2013.

“Lawsuits and State Creation: Irish WWI Veterans and the 1936 Supreme Court Rent Case,” Second Annual Berkeley International and Global History (Big-H) Graduate Student Conference: Actors and Agency in the International Past, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.  March 16, 2013.

“Remembrance Day in Ireland from Enniskillen to the Present,” Ireland Rediscovers the Great War, Yale University, New Haven, CT.  April 15, 2011.