G. Patrick O'Brien

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Ave Maria University

Patrick is a Visiting Assistant Professor of history at Ave Maria University. He specializes in early American women, the American Revolution, loyalist exile in Nova Scotia, and emotional politics. His dissertation highlights the critical public and private roles British-sympathizing wives and daughters played in the late eighteenth-century Nova Scotia. In particular, he examines how women used shared grief to form the basis for a new community among a diverse group of refugees. He also examines how mothers and daughters led many families out of exile and back to their American homes after peace was reached between the United States and Great Britain in 1783.

Patrick holds a B.A. from Providence College, an M.A. from McGill University, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, University of South Carolina


  • 2019 
    University of South Carolina, PhD
  • 2012 
    McGill University, MA
  • 2011 
    Providence College, BA