Alumni (National Fellow)

Emily Brunner

National Fellow
M.A. University of Chicago
B.A. Columbia University in the City of New York
Ph.D. University of Chicago (2005)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Timothy Meagher
Catholic University of America
Fields of Interest:
Gender History
Immigration Policy
Social Issues


Emily Brunner is senior academic advisor at the University of Iowa.

Thesis Description:

Irish-American Nationalists and the Dilemmas of National Belonging
Brunner’s dissertation examined how Irish nationalist leaders responded to changing ideas about citizenship and how they contributed to the debate about what it meant to be a member of a state and a nation. She began with an exploration of the conditions during this period that made it more difficult for Irish-Americans to claim to be both Irish and American. Next Brunner discussed the debate over the boundaries of legitimate dissent while examining the connections between Irish-American nationalism and the global feminist movement, analyzing ways in which Irish nationalist women employed global feminist networks to access and sway audiences that might otherwise have been hostile to their cause.

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