Executive

President:
Dr Diane Urquhart

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Diane Urquhart is Professor of Gender History in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP) of Queen’s University Belfast. The former chair of modern history in the Institute of Irish Studies of the University of Liverpool, Diane is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. A graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s and worked as a researcher for the Women’s History Project. Diane is an editorial board member of the Women’s History Review and a committee member of the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. She has published extensively on Irish women’s history, gender and politics including Irish Divorce: A history(2020), The Ladies of Londonderry: women and political patronage (2008), Women in Ulster Politics, 1890-1940 (2000), five edited/co-edited international collections as well as the co-authored Irish Abortion Journey, 1920-2018 with Lindsey Earner-Byrne (2019). Diane is currently working on the first full-length history of the criminal conversation legal suit.

Secretary:
Dr Fionnuala Walsh

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Fionnuala Walsh is a lecturer in modern Irish history in the School of History at University College Dublin. She previously held the National Library of Ireland Research Studentship, and an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin where she also completed her PhD. Her first monograph, Irish women and the Great War, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. She has also published several articles and book chapters on aspects of women’s experiences of war and revolution in Ireland, 1914-1922. Her current research interests include the history of gender and everyday life in conflict, and fertility control and motherhood in post-Famine Ireland.

International Secretary:
Dr Laura Kelly

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Dr Laura Kelly is senior lecturer in the history of health and medicine at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow whose research has focused on gender and the history of medicine in modern Ireland. She has published two monographs to date: Irish women in medicine, c.1880s-1980s: origins, education and careers (MUP, 20212) and Irish medical education and student culture, c.1850-1950 (LUP, 2017). She is currently completing her third monograph which emanates from her Wellcome Trust-funded research on Contraception and Modern Ireland, c.1922-92. Laura also holds a Carnegie Trust research incentive grant for a project on Pro-Choice and Pro-Life activism in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s.

Treasurer:
Dr Elaine Farrell

QUB_071220_1072bElaine Farrell is Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, where she teaches on British and Irish social history and gender history. She has published on women’s history, including ‘A most diabolical deed’: Infanticide and Irish society, 1850-1900 (Manchester, 2013), and Women, crime and punishment in Ireland: Life in the nineteenth-century convict prison (Cambridge, 2020), and articles on social, crime or gender history in Journal of Women’s History; Social History; Women’s History Review; Cultural and Social History; and Irish Economic and Social History. She is Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded Bad Bridget project, which examines Irish women’s criminality in North America, 1838-1918.

Web Officer:
Kristina Decker

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Kristina Decker is in the final year of her PhD in the School of History at University College Cork. She received IRC funding in 2018 for her PhD research project, ‘Women and Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: the Case of Mary Delany’, which examines the ways in which Mary Delany participated in the cult of improvement across such areas as education, sociability, landscape, and female ‘accomplishments’. Previously, she was awarded the 2017 Desmond Guinness Scholarship for research on the visual arts in Ireland from the Irish Georgian Society. Additionally, Kristina has a MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies from King’s College London where her research focused on lapdogs in the long eighteenth-century. Her research interests include: women’s history and the cultural history of the long eighteenth century, country house and material culture studies, and animal histories. 

Membership Secretary:
Dr Deirdre Foley

Screen-Shot-2019-05-20-at-4.38.29-p.m.-640x863 (2) (1)Dr Foley is a historian of modern Ireland with a particular interest in birth control, maternity care, female associational culture and the legal status of women in 20th century Ireland. She has a PhD in History from Dublin City University, and previously studied at Trinity College Dublin (MPhil) and University College Dublin (BA).

As the current Roy Foster Irish Government Research Fellow, she is in the process of revising her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘“Women are Citizens”: Women’s groups and the Commission on the Status of Women in Ireland, c. 1967-1979’, into a monograph which will investigate, in a wider sense, the changing legal and social status of women in Ireland.

Postgraduate representative:
Judy Bolger

thumbnail_Judy Bolger_BIOPICJudy Bolger is a PhD researcher in the department of Modern Irish History at Trinity College, Dublin. Her PhD research examines the social discourse surrounding impoverished mothers and women’s experiences of maternity and motherhood in Irish workhouses during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. This project is funded by the Trinity College, Dublin 1252 Postgraduate Research Scholarship. She received a first-class M.Phil. degree in Modern Irish History from Trinity College, Dublin (2017) in which her thesis research examined the social history of Irish breastfeeding during the nineteenth century. She also holds a first-class Honours B.A. Degree in English and History from Carlow College where her undergraduate thesis assessed reproductive insanity and women’s admissions into the Carlow District Lunatic Asylum. As the winner of Carlow College’s dissertation of the year, a copy of this thesis is held within the Delaney Archives, Carlow College. Her research on the representation of workhouse mothers within nineteenth-century Irish newspapers was published in Historical Studies (2019) and she has contributed blogs entries of her research to platforms such as Perceptions of Pregnancy. Judy has presented widely on many aspects of Irish women’s history and has a keen interest in triangulating the role of class and gendered discourse within the history of women’s perceived roles in Irish society.

Postgraduate representative:
Susie Deedigan 

Profile photoSusie is a Department for the Economy funded PhD candidate at Queen’s University, Belfast who is currently researching gender and political imprisonment in Britain and Ireland during the Second World War. She has previously worked on militancy and Irish suffrage, female activism and trade unionism in the early twentieth century and female associational culture during the Irish Civil War. Prior to beginning her PhD she taught in the UK state secondary sector. She read history at Balliol College, Oxford before gaining an M.Phil. in modern Irish history from Trinity College, Dublin.

Book Reviews Editor:
Dr Ann Marie O’Brien

AM O'BrienAnn Marie O’Brien hold a B.A. and Masters from Maynooth University. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Limerick with a Ph.D. in history which was funded by the Irish Research Council. Currently she is a tutor and lecturer at Maynooth University. She has published in Irish Historical Studies, Irish Studies in International Affairs and the Historical Journal and her book, The Ideal diplomat? Women and Irish foreign affairs, 1946-90 was published by Four Courts Press in 2020. She is currently undertaking a new research project, The Irish Diplomatic Oral History Project which interviews retried diplomats from the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade about their careers and experiences in the Irish diplomatic corps.

Executive Committee Member:
Mary McAuliffe

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Mary McAuliffe is Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD, specialising in Irish women’s / gender history. She completed her BA (Hons) and PhD at the School of History and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). She is the co-author on ‘We were There; 77 Women of the Easter Rising’ (Four Courts, 2016) and co-editor of ‘Kerry 1916; Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising’ (IHP, 2016) and has also aspects of Irish women’s history, on gender and war, memory and history, oral history, social and political history, public history. Other publications include ‘Surgeons and Insurgents; RCSI and 1916’, and ‘Irish Homes and Irish Hearts’ (Fanny Taylor, 1867) -edited and introduced (UCD Press Classic series, 2013). She co-edited the ‘Palgrave Advances in Irish History’ (2010) and she published a biography on ‘Senator Kathleen Browne 1876-1943’ (2009). ‘Richmond Barracks 1916: We were There, 77 Women of the Easter Rising’ was chosen by Dublin Public Libraries as its book of the 2016 commemoration of the 1916 Rising. She is currently working on a biography of Margaret Skinnider, 1916 rebel, Cumann na mBan member, trade union and women’s rights activist, to be published by UCD Press in 2018/19. Her ongoing project is on gendered and sexual violence during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, and that will be published in 2020. Mary has been involved in a number of public history projects including the 1916 exhibitions and commemorative quilt project at Richmond Barracks and 1916 centenary exhibition at the Royal College of Surgeons. She coordinated the 2014 commemoration conference of the centenary of the founding of Cumann na mBan (1914) in association with the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the WHAI. She was a member of the National Museum of Ireland Decade of Centenaries Commemoration Advisory Committee. She continues her work with the Richmond Barracks heritage project, working on 2018 commemorative projects on the gaining of the female franchise in Ireland #Votail100 She was President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland (2011-2014) and she continues on as a committee member of the WHAI. She was a member of the National Archives of Ireland Advisory Council (NAAC) (2012-17). She is a committee member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians. She is on the advisory board of http://www.herstory.ie. As well as publications she contributes to history documentaries, radio, tv, news media and have an active online presence at @MaryMcAuliffe4 and @Womenof1916 as well as contributing to @Kerry1916book. She is currently developing ideas for a blog concentrating on various aspects of Irish women and history. Mary is module leader on SSJ20110 Gender, Power and Politics, WS40330 Gender, War and Violence and co-teaches on SSJ10070 Exploring Gender and SSJ40010 Feminist and Egalitarian Research. She would welcome proposals from potential postgraduate students on topics including; Irish gender/women’s history, memory studies, social and political history, war and revolution, feminist activism and politics. Professional work: Historical/ Heritage Research. Documentary (Film, TV, Radio) Research.

email: mary.mcaulif@ucd.ie

Executive Committee Member:
Dr Lorraine Grimes

Executive Committee Member:
Dr Liz Kyte

IWD2019Dr. Liz Kyte has recently completed a PhD in UCC Women’s Studies, ‘Feminist Fusions: Irish Socialist Feminists, 1900s-1940s’.  Having taken the UCC MA Women’s Studies in 2005, Liz focused on the links between trade unions and the Irish women’s movement for her MA research.  Liz has a background as a development educator for international development agencies.  Liz’s research interests include the history of Irish feminism, radical histories and feminist biography. As well as contributing to the MA Women’s Studies programme and ACE Diploma in Women’s Studies, she is currently working on publishing her PhD as a monograph.

Executive Committee Member:
Dr Martin Walsh

Martin's head shotMartin Walsh is an independent Historian whose main research interest lies in the study of the social purity groups in both England and Ireland that sought to protect young women from immoral influences as they migrated/emigrated in search of employment at the end of the nineteenth century and turn of the twentieth century. He is currently working on a monograph based on his PhD which will examine the concerns social purity groups had about working-class women becoming a visible presence in the public sphere in both England and Ireland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His first book, Richard Devane SJ Social Commentator and Advocate, 1876 -1951, was published in 2019.

Executive Committee Member:
Tanya Higgins-Carey

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