Heather Stanfiel

Heather Stanfiel

Director of Undergraduate Studies | Postdoctoral Research Associate

1060P Nanovic Hall (574) 631-4582

Heather Stanfiel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Nanovic Institute. She teaches courses in European Studies, advises students, and works to promote and expand the Institute's new curriculum in Transnational European Studies as well as its exisiting Minor in European Studies. She also coordinates the Institute's European Film Series and serves as faculty advisor to the European Union Club of Notre Dame.

Heather is a scholar of memory and public history in Modern Europe. Her work examines the relationships between different versions of history as they compete for influence in the public sphere. She is currently developing a book manuscript exploring the history of commemorative conflict in Ireland in the nineteenth century and its impact on Irish and British political culture today.

Heather earned a PhD in Modern European History from the University of Notre Dame in 2019, and holds graduate degrees from Queen's University Belfast and Indiana University-Bloomington. In 2015-16, she held the Murphy Irish Exchange Fellowship at University College Cork. Her first book, The Walker Testimonial and Symbolic Conflict in Derry (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018) investigated the influence of a controversial Protestant monument on two centuries years of violent, sectarian rivalry in Northern Ireland.