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Yasmin Shearmur

Yasmin Shearmur

PhD Candidate, Economic and Social History.

Newnham College
Cambridge CB3 9DF


I am a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge (Newnham College), where I also obtained my MPhil in 2017. Before coming to Cambridge, I spent three years in Paris working in media. I obtained my BA in political science and Middle Eastern languages (First Class Hons) from McGill in 2013. I am supervised by Dr Duncan Needham.

From January to June 2019, I will be a visiting student at Sciences Po Paris.

Research Interests

I am interested in the relationship between European integration and domestic policy, immigration policy in particular. 

My PhD project focuses on French and British policymakers negotiating the foundations of a 'borderless Europe' in the 1980s. I aim to understand the extent to which the locus of policy-making power truly shifted to the European level; what new policy-making spaces - formal or otherwise - were created, how they functioned and what purpose they served; and what new conceptions of sovereignty, citizenship and borders emerged. 

Research areas: Modern British History; Modern French History; European History; Comparative History; Immigration History.


  • International History
  • Economic, Social History
  • Modern British History