Coordinating Committee

Sarah-Anne Buckley
Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, is lecturer in history at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her research centres on the history of childhood and youth, women and gender in Ireland. Author of The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956 (MUP, 2013), she was recently a co-editor of a special edition of the Journal of Childhood and Youth and Soathar: the Journal of the Irish Labour History Society. She remains one of the current editors of Saothar. She is President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland, Chair of the Irish History Student’s Association and co-director of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class at NUI Galway.

Miriam Haughton
Dr Miriam Haughton is a Lecturer at the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her monograph, Staging Trauma: Bodies in Shadow, is forthcoming with Palgrave (2018). She co-edited the collection Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland (Carysfort, 2015), and published essays in multiple international journals, including Contemporary Theatre Review, Modern Drama, New Theatre Quarterly, Mortality, and Irish Studies Review. Miriam is a supporting member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), an elected executive committee member of the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR), and a member of the feminist working group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR).

Muireann O’Cinneide
Muireann O’Cinneide is a graduate of University College Cork (BA 1998, English & Latin) and the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall: M.Phil. in Victorian Literature 2000, D.Phil. 2003). She teaches literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, giving undergraduate courses in Victorian literature, literature of the Romantic period, and eighteenth-century novels and poetry. At graduate level she is Course Director for the MA in Culture and Colonialism. Her main research interests are in women’s writing, politics, and colonial and postcolonial literature and theory (especially travel writing). She has published a monograph on aristocratic women’s writing in the Victorian period, and she is currently working on nineteenth-century travel writing and conflict narratives.

Tina-Karen Pusse
Tina-Karen Pusse is a graduate of  the Universities of Freiburg i.Br. (MA 2000: German Literature/Philosophy) and Cologne (Dr.phil. 2004). Before coming to NUI Galway in 2008, she was teaching German Literature and Media Theory at Cologne University (Germany). She was one of the founding editors of the periodical Freiburger GeschlechterStudien (1995-2012), and is now chair of Gender ARC's research clusters "Gender, Discourses, Identities" ( and PI of the Research Cluster "Transnational Ecologies" within the Research Group "Ecocriticism in Ireland".  Furthermore she is a board member of  the Association of German Studies in Ireland and a  member of IVG (International Association of German Studies), the Germanistenverband and an alumna and evaluator of the German National Academic Foundation.

Niamh Reilly
Niamh Reilly is Established Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the NUI Galway. A cofounder of Gender Arc, her research focuses on the relationship between theory and practice and the role of ideas in emancipatory projects. She has published widely on human rights and gender; feminist political and social theory; and religion in the public sphere.  Her book, Women's Human Rights: Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalizing Age (Polity Press, 2009) was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title for 2010" by the American Library Association/CHOICE.  Her other books include: International Human Rights of Women (Springer 2019) and Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (Routledge 2014, with S Scriver).  Her current research focuses on the history of progressive ideas in Ireland in the decades before independence.

Postdoc Research Associate

Orla McGarry
Orla McGarry is a sociologist with extensive experience conducting research with migrant and ethnic minority groups. She was awarded a PhD in 2012 (NUI Galway) for her work on identity formation and cultural adaptation among migrant teens in rural Ireland. Orla is currently a lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway and a post-doctoral researcher on the GBV-MIG Ireland project.  She has published articles in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and the International Journal of Social Research Methodologies among others, and contributed chapters to collections by Manchester University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and other outlets.  She has also contributed to media debates on migration and its societal impact in contemporary Ireland.