Shannon Monaghan, Ph.D. is a historian of the First World War and modern Europe.  She holds degrees in History from Yale College (B.A.) and Boston College (M.A., Ph.D.).  Her research focuses on transnational history, including themes such as war and society, the development of democracy and human rights, and secularization (and resacralization).  

Dr. Monaghan’s new book, Protecting Democracy from Dissent: Population Engineering in Western Europe, 1918-1926, is published by Routledge and available from major retailers, including Amazon.  The book examines the  aftermath of the First World War, in which democracy became the watchword for a new Europe.  Yet as people became more involved in choosing their governments, governments became more involved in choosing their people.  This is the story of one aftermath of the “war to make the world safe for democracy.”  You can read more about the book here.  Dr. Monaghan is currently working on two book projects.  One examines the emergence of new ideas about human rights in the aftermath of the First World War.  The other is a new history of shell shock and PTSD.

At Harvard, she teaches expository writing.  Both she and her students have won honors for their work.  She has received several Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning Certificates of Excellence in Teaching at Harvard, and a Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award at Boston College.  She particularly values helping students learn to analyze historical change and to make their own effective arguments.  Having previously taught the Expos 20 course 'Human Rights as History,' Dr. Monaghan is offering a new Expos 20 course in the spring of 2019, entitled '"Noncombatants": The Home Front in Total War.'