Conor Donnan

PhD Student, University of Pennsylvania
Adam Smith Fellow

Conor Donnan is a PhD student in history at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the history of capitalism, labor, immigration, and political economy. His dissertation aims to to understand the role that major corporations played in American development westward and the consolidation of federal power through reconstructing the interactions of Irish Catholics and Native Americans against the backdrop of American expansion, industrialization, and the growing capitalist economy between 1840 and 1924. Conor earned an MA in historical studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a BA in history from Ulster University. He was a Mercatus Center Don Lavoie Fellow during the spring 2021 semester.