The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Shane Lynn

Phd Program


My research focuses on the relationship between the Irish diaspora and empire during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am particularly interested in the social tensions arising from the presence of Irish nationalist popular movements in British colonies. I have published scholarly articles on this subject in Irish Historical Studies, Éire-Ireland, and the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies. My dissertation will employ transnational and comparative frameworks to examine the response to the Second Anglo-Boer War among Irish communities in North America and Australasia. The study will seek to investigate the importance of factors such as milieu and external stimuli in determining the intensity of imperialist and diasporic nationalist sentiment.

"Friends of Ireland: Early O'Connellism in Lower Canada", Irish Historical Studies, 40:157 (May, 2016), pp. 43-65
"Before the Fenians: 1848 and the Irish plot to invade Canada", Éire-Ireland, 51: 1&2 (Spring/Summer 2016), pp. 61-91
"Osmond Esmonde's dominion odyssey: Irish nationalism in the British Empire, 1920-21", Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 14 (Dec., 2014), pp. 69-90

Awards and Scholarships:
SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2015-18)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2014-15)
Jeanne Armour Graduate Scholarships in Canadian History (2013-16)
Jerome Samuel Rotenberg 7T0 Memorial Graduate Scholarship in British History (2016)
Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand Postgraduate Essay Prize (2014)
Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto Graduate Fellowship in Canadian History (2013)
McCuaig-Throop Bursary (2013)
Gold Medal, Trinity College Dublin (2013)


  • MA History, University of Toronto
  • BA (Mod.) (Gold Medal) History, Trinity College Dublin