Monica Ledesma


Advisor: Daniel Ussishkin

Monica Ledesma


My research interests are in modern British and Irish cultural history. In particular, I focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with special attention to the relationships between nationalism, religion, and empire. My dissertation does so by exploring Irish Catholic missionary endeavors, as seen through missionary literature, in Britain’s African colonies during the twentieth century.


M.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison
B.A., (with Honors) Northern Illinois University


  • European History

M.A. 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”


  • 2015 Capstone Teaching Award – Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2015 Nominated by the History Department for the university-wide Capstone Ph.D. Teaching Award
  • 2013 Honored Instructor – University Housing
  • 2012 Department of History Fellowship – University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2011 Scott Kloeck-Jenson Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowship
  • 2010 Vilas Research Travel Grant

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 119 – The Making of Modern Europe, 1500-1815
  • History 123 – History of England, 1066-1688
  • History 201 – Historian’s Craft: “Native American and White Relations
  • History 201 – Historian’s Craft: “World War II on the Eastern Front”
  • History 221 – Sport and Society in the Modern U.S.
  • History 361 – The Emergence of Modern Britain, 1485-1660
  • History of Science 133 – Biology and Society, 1950 – today
  • Medical History and Bioethics 213 – Global Environmental Health