University of Wisconsin–Madison

Monica Ledesma

TA: History 119, Professor Wandel

Advisor: Lee Palmer Wandel

Office: 4268 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4082 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.263.1687
Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00-5:00 (in Wisconsin Historical Society, Reading Room), Thursdays 12:00-1:00 or by appointment (in TA Office)

Monica Ledesma


My research interests include modern British and Irish cultural history. In particular, I study the histories of Britain, Ireland, and empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with special attention to the relationship between nationalism and religion. My dissertation does so by exploring Irish Catholic missionary endeavors in Britain’s African colonies in the twentieth century.

MA Title

  • “Marching with Mary: The Legion of Mary, Lay Piety, and Catholic Activism in the Irish Free State”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Exiles for God: The Catholic Missionary Phenomenon in Modern Ireland”