Dr M Hill
Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Sociology & Social Policy
Queen ‘s University Belfast
Biography and Irish Studies research interests
My research interests evolved from my Ph.d thesis on Ulster Religion & Society, and this is reflected in early publications on The ’59 Revival, Church and Society etc. A focus on women’s role in religion and wider society followed and, with my appointment as Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies, this aspect of my work has developed a longer chronological framework and a more feminist direction, although I am still publishing chapters in ‘mainstream’ religious texts. I am currently working on female Protestant missionaries from the North of Ireland, and on various aspects of gender and equality in the north.
Having returned to education as a mature student, I have been involved in a range of community-level educational initiatives and history projects and in Queen’s Access programme. In a more formal capacity I am currently Chair of the Ulster Local History Trust, Academic Advisor for the John Hewitt Summer School, committee member of the Women’s History Association of Ireland, National Representative for Women’s Studies in Europe (WISE) and International Representative of the Irish Federation of University Women.
1. 2003 Women in Ireland: A Century of Change, Blackstaff Press
2. 2001 The Time of the End: Millenarian Beliefs in Ulster Belfast, Ulster Historical Foundation
3. 1992 Evangelical Protestantism in Ulster, 1740-1900 (With David Hempton), Routledge Press
4. 2004, ‘Lessons and Legacies’: Feminist Activism in the North c1970-2000, Women’s Studies Review, Volume 9, pp. 135-150
5. 2000, ‘Women to Women: The role of Irishwomen in Protestant Foreign Missions, 1874-1914’, Subsidiary to Studies in Church History, Winter, 2000, pp. 170-85