Frances O'Shaughnessy (they/them)

Doctoral Candidate
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Contact Information

SMI 103 B
Office Hours
Mondays at 11am to 12pm and Wednesdays at 2:30pm to 3:30pm


M. A., History, University of Washington, 2019
M. A., Gender Studies, Queen's University, 2018
H. B. A., History, University of Toronto, 2016
Curriculum Vitae (256.5 KB)

Frances O’Shaughnessy (they/them) is a historian of the African Diaspora with a specialization in nineteenth-century African American history. Their dissertation, "Black Revolution on the Sea Islands," historicizes Gullah Geechee practices of freedom, kinship, and care during the US Civil War and Reconstruction.


Society of Scholars Fellowship, The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities
Friends of History Fellowship, Department of History
Southern Studies Research Fellowship, Wilson Library (Declined)
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies Dissertation Fellowship
Franklin Center Travel Grant, Rubenstein Library, Duke University
Labor Studies Research Grant, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia
Research Fellowship, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction - Doctoral Award
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship
Mellon Summer Fellowship for Public Projects in the Humanities, The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities
Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Best Paper in Labor Studies
Thomas M. Power Endowed Prize for Excellence in History: Outstanding Graduate Student Paper
The John and Linda Ravage Prize for Research Projects about African Americans in the American West
Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction- Master’s Award
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Master’s Fellowship
Killam Fellowship, Fulbright Canada

Courses Taught

Spring 2024

Spring 2021

Additional Courses

HSTAA 406: Asian American Activism, Spring 2022

HSTAA 205: Asian American History, Spring 2021

HSTAA 205: Asian American History, Spring 2020

HSTEU 234: History of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Winter 2020

HSTAA 231: Race and American History, Fall 2021

GNDS 215: Introduction to Sexual and Gender Diversity, Winter 2018

GNDS 120: Women, Gender, Difference, Fall 2017