Shira Lurie

University College Fellow in Early American History
UC A306



Shira Lurie is a political historian of the American founding era. Her areas of interest include political culture, protest, partisanship, and political violence. She is currently working on a book tentatively entitled "Protest and Power: Liberty Poles and the Struggle for American Democracy." She has written pieces for The Journal of the Early Republic, The Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, Nursing Clio, and American Revolutions.


“Liberty Poles and the Fight for Popular Politics in the Early Republic,” Journal of the Early Republic 38, 4 (2018)
“Why Donald Trump’s immigration play could backfire big time in 2020,” The Washington Post, March 19, 2019
“Why the White House is Pushing a Doctored Video,” The Washington Post, November 9, 2018
"Liberty Poles and the Two American Revolutions." Age of Revolutions, July 3, 2017
“Liberty Poles and Protest in the Founding Era,” Nursing Clio, February 16, 2017
"Liberal Arts in a World Gone Mad," Inside Higher Ed, January 15, 2017


Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2014-2018
American Philosophical Society – Jack Miller Center Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, 2018
Lapidus Early American and Transatlantic Print Culture Predoctoral Fellowship, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2017
Dilworth Fellowship, Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Library Company of Philadelphia, 2017
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2012-2013
Robert LaVerne Eagleson Gold Medal in History, The University of Western Ontario, 2012.  


PhD, University of Virginia
MA, The University of Western Ontario
BA, The University of Western Ontario