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Professor Mary O'Dowd

BA (UCD), PhD (NUI), MRIA

Professor of Gender History

Director of Education

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3427 
E-mail: m.odowd@qub.ac.uk

Office: 17UQ.103

Mary O’Dowd’s research interests have focussed on early modern Ireland and more recently on women and gender in Irish history. She is particularly interested in social history and gender and is currently completing a co-authored book on the history of marriage in Ireland.  Professor O’Dowd  is a  member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission and was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in May 2010.  She is an honorary member of the Board of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History.  Professor O'Dowd has supervised a wide range of doctoral theses on Irish and gender history from the sixteenth through to the twentieth century.

Research Interests

Gender and women’s history; history of marriage; social history; early modern Ireland; age.

Select Publications

Books:

Articles and chapters:

  • 'Politics, patriotism and women in Ireland, Britain and colonial America, c. 1700-1780' in Journal of Women's History, vol 22, no 4 (2010).
  • ‘Women historians in the academic community and writing popular history’ in Ilaria Porciani and Jo Tollebeek (eds), Institutions, networks and communities of national historiography comparative Approaches (London: Palgrave,  2012)
  • 'Women in Ulster, 1609-1800’ in Liam Kennedy and Philip Ollerenshaw (eds), Ulster Since 1600: Politics, Economy, and Society (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • 'Children, youth and the state in early modern Ireland’ in Maria Luddy (eds), Childhood and Irish Society (forthcoming Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014)

Teaching

Professor Mary O'Dowd teaches on the following programmes / modules:

Undergraduate

HIS1002 

Women in Modern Ireland, 1850-1990

HIS2052

Love, Life and Death in England and Ireland, 1350-1650

HIS3086

Family, Gender and Household in Ireland, 1740-1840

 

Current PhD supervision:

  • Mark Benson, 'Abortion and Northern Ireland'
  • Leanne Calvert, 'Gender and the Ulster Presbyterian community, 1780-1840'
  • Ruth Thorpe, 'Elite women and material culture in Ireland 1760-1860'

Recent PhD supervision:

  • James O'Neill, 'Military Strategy and Tactics in the Nine Years War'. PhD 2013.
  • Meadhbha ni Bhaoill, 'Women and education in North West Donegal 1831-1960'. PhD 2013.
  • Claire Rush, 'Intermediate educational provision for girls in Northern Ireland, 1867-1947'. PhD. 2010.
  • Elaine Farrell, 'Infanticide and concealment of birth in Ireland, 1850-1900'. PhD. 2010.

Relevant website addresses

Inventing and Reinventing the Irish woman: external influences on gender construction, 1760-2005 http://www2.ul.ie/web/WWWInventing/

Commemorating Women in Irish Society, 1912-1922 http://www.ul.ie/wic/welcome

International Federation for Research in Women’s History