Meredith Meagher



B.A. History, Hunter College, City University of New York, Magna Cum Laude (2008)

University Scholar, William E. Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York (2004-2008)

Graduate Field

United States History


Twentieth-Century United States and Ireland; Migration and Diaspora; Self-Determination; Film

Dissertation and Advisor

Dissertation Title: Ireland, The United States, and “The Nation of Immigrants,” 1919-1965.

Advisors: Dean John T. McGreevy and Professor Patrick Griffin


Meredith Meagher specializes in twentieth-century United States immigration history and the Irish diaspora. Her dissertation, entitled Ireland, the United States and ‘The Nation of Immigrants,’ 1919-1965 examines the ‘national origins’ provision in United States immigration policy and its implications for national self-determination, using perceptions of immigration in Irish and American politics and history as a test case. She has previously worked as a researcher for a documentary about the 1916 Easter Rising with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. Meredith has been invited to speak on Irish migration and diaspora at several panel discussions in Ireland sponsored by History Ireland magazine, including the Dublin Festival in History, the History Festival of Ireland and the Electric Picnic Music Festival. She has co-authored the forthcoming 1916: A Guide to Research (Dublin: Four Courts, 2014), a comprehensive and handsomely illustrated reference guide to the Easter Rising.

You can find a podcast of her panel discussion at the Dublin Festival of History in September 2013 at Dublin Castle with Tim Pat Coogan, William Smyth, and Kevin Whelan: