Throughout my academic career I have been committed to the pursuit of social justice by harnessing the transformative potential of education. I am currently the Associate Dean of Social Sciences UCD with academic responsibility for all social sciences undergraduate programmes. I am also Director of the nationally recognized Gender Studies Community University Outreach Programme a position I have proudly held since 2004. I locate my undergraduate and graduate teaching in Gender Studies and Social Justice as a form of critical civic practice.
I have a recognised career-long commitment to EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) in Higher Education. I was the first Social Sciences Associate Dean of Widening Participation (2019/20) and I was recently appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board for SAGE Video’s Diversity & Social Justice Collection. I am also the academic lead and programme developer of UCD’s Active Bystander Programme aimed at challenging all forms of sexual misconduct across our university campus.
My research scholarship is interdisciplinary and draws on intersecting queer, feminist and spatial theories. A founding member of UCD’s research centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities (CGFS) I am currently Principal Investigator (PI) on a new transnational research project (2020-23), entitled Xenia, aimed at developing a Gender and LGBTQ+ Inclusion Index for Higher Education Institutions across Europe. I was also Co-PI on the first nationally funded qualitative research investigation into LGBTQI+ Youth Homelessness in Ireland (2018-2020) and from 2013-15 I led a transnational research project: Empowering young LGBTQ people against homophobic and transphobic violence.