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Emmanuel Destenay


Emmanuel Destenay received his PhD from Sorbonne University. He has held research fellowships at Oxford University, Stanford University, and University College Dublin. His first monograph, Shadows from the Trenches: Veterans of the Great War and the Irish Revolution (1918–1923) received an honorable mention from the American Conference for Irish Studies. Divergent Destinies, his second book, reexamines the interconnection between fears of military service and the rise of Irish republicanism between 1914 and 1918. Hs third monograph on American humanitarian interventions in France during World War I will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2024. He is a research fellow at Sorbonne University and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society .


  • 2019–present
    Research fellow, Sorbonne University
  • 2017–2019
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University College Dublin
  • 2015–2015
    Visiting assistant professor, Stanford University


  • 2014 
    Sorbonne University, PhD in Contemporary History
  • 2009 
    Université de Picardie Jules Verne, MPhil in History
  • 2009 
    King's College London, MA in European Studies
  • 2008 
    Université de Picardie Jules Verne, MPhil in English Literature


  • 2024
    America's Franch Orphans: Mobilization, Humanitarianism and the Protection of France (1914-1921), Cambridge University Press
  • 2022
    Divergent Destinies: Conscription, US Intervention, and the Transformation of Ireland (1914-1918), Bloomsbury Academic
  • 2021
    Shadows from the Trenches: Veterans of the Great War and the Irish Revolution (1919-1923), University College Dublin Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    University College Dublin
  • 2015
    Visiting Junior Scholar
    Visiting Junior Scholar
    Funding Source:
    Stanford University
  • 2009
    PhD Fellowship
    PhD Candidate
    Funding Source:
    Sorbonne University

Professional Memberships

  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians