Margaret L Brennan

 Margaret Brennan

Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright St.
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
PhD Candidate


Humanities Without Walls Grad Lab Practicum Coordinator at Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Research Interests

  • Early Modern Europe
  • Atlantic History
  • Early America

Research Description

My dissertation project, "Strangers and Brethren: Religious Refugees in the Early Modern Atlantic World" (working), looks at the German Palatine migrations of the early eighteenth century. Considering the contexts of the early modern Holy Roman Empire, the British Isles, colonial North America and the Caribbean, this project considers the role of religion in debates over the admittance of foreign refugees in British and Colonial societies.


  • MPhil - Trinity College Dublin, 2011
  • BA - Transylvania University, 2009

Distinctions / Awards


  • INTERSECT Fellowship: Cultures of Law in Global Contexts, 2015-16
  • George Mason University Institute for Humane Studies Conference and Research Grant, 2014
  • Quadrangle Historical Research Foundation German Script Course Award, 2014