Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley

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Sarah-Anne Buckley is lecturer in history at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her research centres on the history of childhood and youth, gender and women in Ireland. Author of The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956 (MUP, 2013) and co-editor of Engendering Ireland: New Reflections on Modern History and Literature (2015), she has numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters. In 2016, she was co-editor of a special edition of the Journal of Childhood and Youth and she is currently the co-editor of Soathar: the Journal of the Irish Labour History Society. She is a recent RIA Charlemont Scholar (2015), chair of the Irish History Students Association, co-director of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour & Class (NUIG) and past Treasurer of the Women’s History Association of Ireland. She is also a member of the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences.


Dr Bronagh McShane

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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.

Email: bronagh.mcshane@nuigalway.ie

International Secretary:  

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.

Email: l.e.kelly@strath.ac.uk


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Web Officer:

Dr Cara Delay

Cara Delay

Cara Delay holds degrees from Boston College and Brandeis University. Her research analyzes women, gender, and culture in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland, with a particular focus on the history of reproduction, pregnancy, and childbirth. She has published in The Journal of British Studies, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, Feminist Studies, Études Irlandaises, New Hibernia Review, and Éire-Ireland and written blogs for Nursing Clio and broadsheet.ie. Her co-edited volume Women, Reform, and Resistance in Ireland, 1850-1950, was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. At the College of Charleston, she directs the Women’s and Gender Studies program and teaches courses on the history of birth and bodies.

Email: delayc@cofc.edu

Membership Secretary:

Dr. Fionnuala Walsh

Fionnuala Walsh

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.

Email: Walshf9@tcd.ie

Postgraduate representative:

Kristina Decker


Kristina Decker

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

                                                  Email: k.decker@umail.ucc.ie

Postgraduate representative:

Elaine Sugrue


Elaine Sugrue is completing doctoral thesis at University College Cork on the history of female participation and activism in trade unions in early to mid-twentieth century Ireland. She holds a BA in History and English and an MRes in History from UCC. She has worked as an undergraduate tutor for the UCC School of History and is active in a number of historical associations. In addition to her role as a Postgraduate Representative for the Women’s History Association of Ireland, she is currently Chairperson on the UCC History Postgraduate Association. She is also a member of the Irish Labour History Society. Her research interests include women’s, gender, labour and radical history.

Email: e.m.sugrue@umail.ucc.ie


Book Reviews Editor: 

Dr Maeve O’Riordan

Maeve O Riordan, University College Cork.

Maeve O’Riordan is lecturer in Women’s and Cultural History at University College Cork. She specialises in the history of elite women with interests including marriage, family and fashion history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her publications include Women of the Country House in Ireland, 1860-1914 (Liverpool, 2018) and Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain (ed. with T. Dooley and C. Ridgway, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018). Maeve held an Irish Research Council (IRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates in Maynooth University in 2014-16, and completed her IRC funded PhD at University College Cork in 2014.  As a secondary research interest, Maeve contributed to the HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016) which was chaired by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and the Report of the Working Group on Student Engagement in Irish Higher Education (2016) chaired by Prof. Tom Collins.

Email: maeve.oriordan@ucc.ie


Executive Committee Member:

Dr Leanne McCormick

Dr Leanne McCormick

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’.

Email: lv.mccormick@ulster.ac.uk

Executive Committee Member:

Dr Jean Walker

Dr Jean Walker

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.

Email: Jeanmwalker_7@hotmail.com


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