Dr Jennifer Redmond
Jennifer Redmond is Lecturer in Twentieth Century Irish History in the Department of History at Maynooth University. She is also a member of the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy and the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences. She was the Director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College, USA between 2011 and 2013. She was also a Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow with a joint appointment between Special Collections and the History Department at Bryn Mawr. Between 2009-2011 she was an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of History, Maynooth University, mentored by Professor Jackie Hill. She completed her undergraduate degree at University College Dublin and an M.Phil and PhD at the School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin, the latter on the discourses surrounding Irish female migration to Britain during the first decades of Irish independence which she is currently drafting as a monograph. Her research interests include migration, women’s history, Irish social history and digital humanities and her recent publications include Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland (co-edited, Irish Academic Press, 2015). Follow Jennifer on Twitter @RedmondJennifer
Dr Bronagh McShane
Bronagh McShane is a social historian specialising in the history of women, religion and confessionalisation in early modern Ireland. She is currently employed as a post-doctoral researcher on the European Research Council funded project ‘RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700’, based at the National University of Ireland, Galway; PI; Prof. Marie-Louise Coolahan (http://recirc.nuigalway.ie/). She completed her PhD at Maynooth University in 2015. Her doctoral thesis investigated how women in Ireland negotiated and reacted to the major religious changes and conflicts which impacted their lives to varying degrees during the period 1560-1641. Her research was funded by the John and Pat Hume and the Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarships. Since 2014 Bronagh has been co-convener of the Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference, one of the leading interdisciplinary conferences for researchers of early modern Ireland (http://tudorstuartireland.com/). In 2016, Bronagh was awarded a Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Scholarship. Also in 2016, Bronagh was awarded a National University of Ireland Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities.
Dr Elaine Farrell
Elaine Farrell is currently a Lecturer in Irish Economic and Social History at Queen’s University Belfast. She was an Irish Research Council post-doctoral fellow at University College Dublin in 2011-2012. Her research focuses on women and crime in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Her monograph, ‘A most diabolical deed’: infanticide and Irish society, 1850-1900, based on her PhD thesis, was published by Manchester University Press in summer 2013. She edited ‘She said she was in the family way’: pregnancy and infancy in modern Ireland, which emerged from the WHAI annual conference 2010 and was published by the Institute of Historical Research in 2012. She also edited a collection of court records relating to infanticide for the Irish Manuscripts Commission: Infanticide in the Irish Crown Files at Assizes, 1883-1900. Elaine is currently working on a history of women in the Irish convict prison. She is the Ireland representative to the International Federation for Research in Women’s History and is responsible for compiling WHAI member news for their regular newsletters. Follow Elaine on Twitter @elaineffarrell
Email: e [dot] farrell [at] qub.ac.uk
Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley
Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley lectures in the Department of History, NUI Galway. Her research interests include the history of childhood and child welfare, nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish and British social history, gender history and welfare history. Her recent monograph, The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956 was published by MUP in November 2013. She has published chapters and articles on child neglect, incest, nurse children and children in care. She is co-founder of the ‘Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class’ and her current research is focused on youth and youth culture in twentieth-century Ireland.
Dr Laura Kelly
Laura Kelly is a Lecturer in the History of Health and Medicine at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She completed her PhD at the Department of History, NUI Galway on Irish women in medicine, c.1880s-1920s in 2010. In 2011-2012, she was lecturer in History at the Department of History, NUI Galway and from 2012-14 she was an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD. Her first book, Irish women in medicine, c.1880s-1920s: origins, education and careers was published by Manchester University Press in February, 2013 and her second book, Irish medical education and student culture, c.1850-1950 will be published by Liverpool University Press in 2017. Laura’s current research project, funded by a Wellcome Trust research fellowship, examines the history of contraception in Ireland, c.1922-92.
Dr. Fionnuala Walsh
Fionnuala Walsh is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin where she also completed her doctorate in 2015. Her PhD focused on the impact of the Great War on women in Ireland from 1914 to 1919 and was funded by an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship. She held the Research Studentship in the National Library of Ireland from 20215-2016. Previously she worked as a teaching assistant in Trinity College Dublin and as a research assistant for Professor Lucy McDiarmid of Montclair State University. Her research has led to her involvement in a number of public outreach events relating to the centenary of the Great War, including the Trinity WWI Roadshow in July 2014, and the Dublin Festival of History. Fionnuala has also contributed material or acted in an advisory capacity for the RTE History Show and the Century Ireland project. Her research interests include British and Irish social history, gender history and First World War studies.
Kristina Decker holds a BA in History and English from University College Cork and a MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies from King’s College London. Her MA thesis, entitled “Ladies and Lapdogs: Gendered Representations of Women and Dogs in the Long Eighteenth Century”, took an interdisciplinary approach and investigated literary and visual representations of women and dogs and placed them within a historical context using diaries and letters. She is currently undertaking a PhD in History at University College Cork, where she is also a Tutor in the School of History. Her PhD focuses on Mary Delany and the female experience in eighteenth-century Ireland, particularly the elements of sociability, the home, and material culture. Her research interests include women’s history and the social and cultural history of the long eighteenth century. Follow Kristina on Twitter @Kristina_Decker
Elaine Sugrue is a Ph.D. student at University College Cork. Her research focuses on female participation and activism in trade unions in early to mid-twentieth century Ireland. She completed a B.A. (Joint Honours) in History and English as well as an MRes in History at University College Cork. She was the recipient of several awards during her undergraduate degree, including the National University of Ireland’s Mansion House Fund Prize in Irish History and the John A. Murphy Prize in Irish History. In addition to her role as a postgraduate representative for the Women’s History Association of Ireland, she is involved in the History Postgraduate Association at University College Cork.
Executive Committee Member:
Dr Mary McAuliffe
Mary McAuliffe holds a Ph.D in medieval history from the School of History, University of Dublin, Trinity College. She lectures on Women in Irish history, gender/feminist historiography and the histories of sexualities at Women’s Studies, School of Social Justice, UCD. Her research interests include Irish women and power, female representations and identities in Irish History, feminist and gender historiography and Irish feminist histories and biographies and she has published widely in these areas. Her most recent co-edited book is the Palgrave Advances in Irish History (2010) and she has published a biography on Senator Kathleen Browne 1876-1943, (ed) Fanny Taylor’s Irish Homes and Irish hearts (1867) (UCD Press Classics Series). She is a member of the National Archives Advisory Committee. She is currently working on a history the politics and activism of the female members of the Irish Free State, 1922-1936. She is also working on an oral history project on members of Irish religious congregations. Her Research interests include – Nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish social, and political history; Irish women and gender history; biographies and biographical writing. Medieval and Early Modern Irish history, settlement history, antiquarianism in the 19th century, oral history, memory and folklore.
Executive Committee Member:
Dr Clare O’Halloran
Clare O’Halloran holds a BA and MA from University College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. She lectures in cultural history and in the history of European and Irish women from 1500 in University College Cork. Her interest in cultural history has led her to open up the area of women and the learned societies of Ireland from the eighteenth century: ”Better without the Ladies: the Royal Irish Academy and the Admission of Women Members”, History Ireland,19:6 (2011). Since 2004 she has been a co-editor of The Irish Review, one of the longest established and most influential journals of Irish Studies. She also chairs the Board of Women’s Studies in UCC.
Executive Committee Member:
Dr Clare Gorman
Dr Clare Gorman holds a B.A in English, Geography and T.E.F.L, an M.A in Modern English Language and Literature and a Ph.D. in English from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her Ph.D. was entitled: “‘Towards the Undecidable’ – A Reading of the texts of James Joyce, Sean O’Casey and Paul Howard through the Deconstructive Lens of Jacques Derrida” supervised by Dr. Eugene O’Brien. Her research strategy covers two main areas, Irish Literature of the twentieth century and Cultural Criticism with a particular focus on the relation between gender and identities. Clare’s research interests also dwell within that of Contemporary literatures and she has published widely within. Currently she is working on the remoulding of her Ph.D. into book form. She is lecturing within the Applied Language Centre at University College Dublin.
Executive Committee Member:
Dr Leanne McCormick
Dr Leanne McCormick is Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland at Ulster University and Lecturer in Modern Irish Social History. Leanne’s research interests include women’s history, history of sexuality and history of medicine in Ireland/Northern Ireland and she has published a number of articles and chapters in these areas. Her monograph Regulating Sexuality: Women in Twentieth Century Northern Ireland, was published by MUP in 2009. Her recent projects have included a study of abortion in twentieth century Northern Ireland and a British Academy funded project on Irish women and charity in late C19th and early C20th New York. She is presently working with Elaine Farrell on an AHRC funded project, ‘Bad Bridget: Criminal and Deviant Irish Women in North America, 1838-1918’.
Executive Committee Member:
Dr Jean Walker
Jean M. Walker is an independent historian, and a graduate of NUI Maynooth, having completed a PhD thesis on ‘The Westmoreland Lock Hospital, Dublin, and the treatment of syphilis, 1792-1900’ (2010) at Maynooth University. Jean has lectured on social history with elective courses on the History of Health and Medicine in Ireland and Gender and Identities in Irish History. She has written a chapter and articles on the Westmoreland Lock hospital, Dublin, and a chapter on gender and cattle husbandry is forthcoming (July 2015). Her current research interests include non-hegemonic masculine identities in Irish history, concepts of poverty, agriculture and Irish gender history, and the social history of intellectual disability. Jean is currently working on a public history project encompassing aspects of social history 1916-1966, visual and material culture, and community identities.