Emmanuel Destenay

Sorbonne Univ.

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Sorbonne Univ.


Emmanuel received his PhD in Contemporary History from Sorbonne University in 2014. His doctoral research was funded by the Institute for Strategic Research of the French Ministry of Defence and examined the experiences of demobilisation of Irish veterans of the First World War. His thesis received the 2015 PhD Prize from the Irish Foundation of France. He held Research Fellowships at Oxford University (2011-2012), Stanford University (2015), and University College Dublin (2016-2019).

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a fully-qualified teacher in English, French and History. He has received several awards from professional achievements (2015, 2016) and a Students' Teaching Award (2015) from Exeter University.

He has written several articles in international refereed journals. His most recent articles appeared in the Journal for British Studies (2021) and Rural History. Economy, Society, Culture (2022).

His first monograph entitled Shadows from the Trenches. Veterans of the Great War and the Irish Revolution (1918-1923) was published by University College Dublin Press (2021). Thanks to this first single-authored book, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) in 2021. His book was rewarded with the Honorable mention, James S. Donnelly, Sr., Prize for Books in Humanities and Social Sciences at the annual American Conference for Irish Studies, 2022. His second monograph Divergent Destinies. Conscription, US Intervention and the Transformation of Ireland (1914-1918) appeared in 2022. It was published by Bloomsbury Academic.

He is currently working on American humanitarianism in France during the First World War. He is also interested in US neutrality and how Americans mobilized to assist civilian populations in Europe during the Great War. He would be happy to collaborate in a project with other colleagues.

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