Dr Emmanuel Destenay received his PhD in Contemporary History from Sorbonne University in 2014. His doctoral research was funded by the Institute for Strategic Research of the French Ministry of Defence and examined the experiences of demobilisation of Irish veterans of the First World War. His thesis received the 2015 PhD Prize from the Irish Foundation of France. He held Research Fellowships at Oxford University (2011-2012), Stanford University (2015), and University College Dublin (2016-2019).
He has written several articles on the war experiences and homecoming of Irish WWI veterans in international refereed journals such as Irish Historical Studies, Journal of British Studies, Revue historique and Vingtième Siècle. His research also appeared in the history magazine L’Histoire.
As part of the IRC Fellowship, he co-ordinated a network of French and Irish secondary schools working on the legacies of the Great War in France and Ireland. Thanks to the support of the Cultural Service of the Embassy for France in Ireland, he organised a History Competition for Secondary-School Pupils and an international conference on the demobilizations of WWI Europeans veterans at UCD in 2019.
He is a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy and a fully-qualified teacher in English, French and History. He received several awards from professional achievements (2015, 2016) and a Students’ Teaching Award (2015).