Conor Donnan

Conor Joseph Donnan is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in History from Ulster University in Ireland. Afterward, Conor moved to the United States where he obtained a Master’s degree in Historical Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). His dissertation reconstructs the interactions of Irish Catholics and Native Americans against the backdrop of American imperial expansion, industrialization, and questions of citizenship in the trans-Mississippi West from 1841 to 1924. He is currently a graduate fellow at the Perry World House. Outside of academia, Conor has published various articles on Irish politics for FPRI, Irish Central, and the Daily Express. He is an active public historian and a board member of the Irish Railroad Workers Museum. Conor also works as a political consultant for political parties in Ireland and America. The Irish Echo named Conor as a recipient of the Irish Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2021 due to his work in academia, nonprofits, and political consulting.