Brendan Shanahan is a historian of the 19th- and 20th-century United States. His work focuses on the sociolegal and policy history of immigration and citizenship. Shanahan's dissertation, "Making Modern American Citizenship" explores the transformation of rights tied to U.S. citizenship (increasingly denied to noncitizens) from the time of the Civil War until the Civil Rights era.
Awards & Fellowships
Graduate Division Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2016-2017
CCIS California Immigration Research Initiative Fellowship, UC San Diego, 2016
Fred J. Martin Jr. American Political History Award, UC Berkeley, 2016
Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2016
Department of History Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2014-2015
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley, 2013
History Department Heller Seminar Paper Prize, UC Berkeley, 2013
Edward Hildebrand Fellowship in Canadian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2012
Department of History Graduate Student Fellowship, UC Berkeley, 2011-2016
Center for Race and Gender Graduate Research Grant, UC Berkeley, 2011-2012
Publications & Presentations
"Enforcing the Colorline and Counting White Races," ARCS, 44, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 293-307
"Ethel Mackenzie," Online Encyclopedia of Women's Suffrage Movement in the U.S.
"The Several Lives of Joan the Spinner," Journal of Transnational American Studies 3, no. 2 (Winter 2011): Forward Section.
"Le Départ," Co-Author of Permanent Exhibit at the Museum of Work and Culture (Rhode Island Historical Society), Woonsocket, RI.