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Jennifer M. Regan-Lefebvre
Associate Professor of History
Phone: (860) 297-2427 Office Location: Seabury Hall N-029
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Trinity College faculty member since 2013
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Degrees:
Ph.D., Queen's Univ. Belfast (2007)
M.A., Queen's Univ. Belfast (2004)
B.S., Georgetown Univ. (2003)

Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre is a historian of modern Britain, Ireland, and British imperialism.  She is currently completing a history of wine production in former British colonies, including Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, which will be published in 2021 by the University of California Press as Imperial Wine: The British Empire and the Making of Wine's New World.  Her work combines political, economic, and cultural approaches, and puts wine history in dialogues with colonial history.  

Regan-Lefebvre's previous work investigated the experience of the Irish in the British Empire, and particularly the intersections of nationalism, imperialism, and colonialism.  Her first book was a biography of the Irish Quaker nationalist, and president of the 1894 Indian National Congress, Alfred Webb.  Cosmopolitan Nationalism in the Victorian Empire revealed a strain of Irish nationalism that was globally-minded, civic and committed to imperial reform.  She also edited and published the memoirs of J. F. X. O'Brien, revealing his radical engagements in France, New Orleans, and Nicaragua before his entry into Fenian politics. 

Regan-Lefebvre teaches widely across British and world history and enjoys developing new classes to stimulate students' interest in the past and to build their skills as historians and communicators.  Her classes include an introductory British history survey, seminars on British cultural history, wine history, Irish history, and historical networks, and an experiential course in parliamentary debate.  She has been particularly proud to supervise a number of senior thesis writers in undertaking archival research in the UK.  

Regan-Lefebvre also teaches a free, open, online course on the history of wine, available through Trinity EdX (https://www.edx.org/course/the-world-history-of-modern-wine).  For her scholarship and educational impact, Regan-Lefebvre was named one of the "Future 50" of the global wine industry by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2019.