Conor J. Donnan

Conor J. Donnan is a visiting lecturer in American Studies at UMBC. His research focuses on anti-colonialism and anti-capitalism among Indigenous nations and Irish nationalists during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Professor Donnan is committed to the Public Humanities. He is involved in museum projects and he has appeared on podcasts about Irish politics and Native American history.

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). He received his PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania.


  • PhD, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, 2022
  • MA, Historical Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2016
  • BA, History, Ulster University, 2014

Selected Publications


  • Zelma O’Riley: Indigenous Activism, Feminism, Catholicism, and the Politics of Mental Health in Twentieth-Century Austin, Texas,(Wilmington: Vernon Press, forthcoming).


  • “No Irish Need Apply: Discriminatory Employment Practices in Baltimore between 1840 and 1870,” Maryland Historical Magazine, (forthcoming, Fall 2022).
  • “Kindred Spirits and Sacred Bonds: Irish Catholics, Native Americans, and the Battle Against Anglo-Protestant Imperialism, 1840–1930,”U.S. Catholic Historian, 38, no. 3 (2020), 1-23.
  • “Irish Phoenix? The Unexpected Winner of Brexit,” E-Notes (Foreign Policy Research Institute) – September 2019.
  • “Brexit and the Irish Problem,” The American Review of Books, Blogs, and Bull (Foreign Policy Research Institute), November 2018.

Podcast Appearances