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 the British Empire, and of wine. She holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University Belfast and has taught at the University of Exeter, the American University of Paris and the University of Cambridge, where she was a fellow, the Director of Studies in History and the Assistant Tutor at King’s College. She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
In late spring 2017 she will be the Huntington Library Exchange Fellow at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge, UK.
She is writing a monograph provisionally entitled 'Imperial Wine: The British Empire and the Making of the New World' which examines the growth of wine industries in (former) British colonies. She is analysing the relationship between production in the colonies and consumption in the metropole and is interested in how the British domestic wine market changed over time, how it shaped production of particular styles of wine, and whether imperial policies stimulated New World production.
Her published research has focused on the Irish in the British Empire, particularly on connections between Ireland and India in the nineteenth century. She is the author of a monograph, Cosmopolitan Nationalism in the Victorian Empire, which explores collaboration between Irish and Indian nationalists in late-Victorian London and contributes to the literature on the 'Empire at home'. She also published the first critical edition of the autobiography of the Irish fenian J.F.X. O'Brien, which recounts his travels in France, New Orleans and the Caribbean in the 19th century.
Dr. Regan-Lefebvre’s teaching takes a world history approach to British and Irish history: she encourages students to consider how events in Britain and Ireland could, and did, have global impact or inspiration. She particularly enjoys seminar teaching and working with students to improve their writing.