Shira Lurie

Field & Specialties

Early American Republic
Antebellum Era
Popular Politics


(Hons.) BA and MA in History from The University of Western Ontario



2017               “Liberty Poles and the Fight for Popular Politics in the Early Republic.” Journal of the Early Republic. (Under Revision)

2013               “Taxation and Representation: The Whiskey Rebellion and the Tyranny of the Minority.” Past Tense Vol. 1, no. 2 



2017               Review: Patrick Griffin ed., Experiencing Empire: Power, People, and Revolution in Early America, H-Net Reviews

2017               "Liberty Poles and the Two American Revolutions." Age of Revolutions

2017               “Liberty Poles and Protest in the Founding Era,” Nursing Clio. 

2017               “Farewell Address,” “Circular Letter to the States,” George Washington Digital Encyclopedia.

2014-             Contributor, Grad Hacker, a blog featured on


Shira has presented papers at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, the Society of Early Americanists Conference, the Pennsylvania Historical Association Conference, the International Center for Jefferson Studies, and the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. 

Current Research

My dissertation, Politics at the Poles: Liberty Poles and the Popular Struggle for the New Republic, examines partisan conflicts over liberty poles during the 1790s and argues that they reflected a battle to define the proper relationship between government and people won by the Revolution. Republicans raised liberty poles to articulate a popular politics of dissent expressing a dread of government tyranny and unjust legislation. In contrast, Federalists tore down the poles to convey a popular politics of assent, one that emphasized support for representative government and enforced majority rule. In their clashes over liberty poles, each side fought to implement the kind of politics they believed should define the American experiment in republicanism. Both Republicans and Federalists viewed themselves as the exclusive guardians of American liberty and their opponents as enemies of the Revolution. By examining these confrontations over liberty poles, my project provides new insight into the world of early national popular politics and the rise of a two-party system.

Awards & Honors

2014-2018      Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

2017-2018      Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, The Bankard Fund for Political Economy

2018               American Philosophical Society – Jack Miller Center Fellowship, American Philosophical Society

2018               Residential Fellowship, David Library of the American Revolution 

2017               Lapidus Early American and Transatlantic Print Culture Predoctoral Fellowship, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

2017               Dilworth Fellowship, Historical Society of Pennsylvania 

2017               Research Fellowship, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium

2016               John Frantz Graduate Student Travel Award, Pennsylvania Historical Association

2016               Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Award, Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Virginia

2015               Summer Research Grant, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia   

2013               Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master’s Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

2013               Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Ministry of Advanced Training and Skills Development, Declined              

2012               Robert LaVerne Eagleson Gold Medal in History, The University of Western Ontario

Courses Taught

2016               Teaching Assistant, The Coming of the American Civil War, The University of Virginia

2016               Teaching Assistant, Colonial British America, The University of Virginia

2013               Guest Lecturer, “The First Party System,” The Presidency in American History, The University of Western Ontario

2012-2013     Teaching Assistant, The Presidency in American History, The University of Western Ontario

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