2005
Alumni (National Fellow)

Emily Brunner

National Fellow
Degrees:
Ph.D. University of Chicago (2005)
Professional Sector:
Education
Fields of Interest:
Gender History
Immigration Policy
Social Issues

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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