I am assistant professor of sociology at Maynooth University. Trained in sociology and social work, I completed my undergraduate degree in Ireland and followed this with graduate studies in the US, where I completed MSW, MA and PhD degrees.
My work has been published in a wide range of academic journals including The American Sociologist, Symbolic Interaction, Sociological Perspectives, Social Science History, Review of Religious Research, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Urban Affairs, Contexts, Nomadic Peoples, Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, Journal of Historical Sociology, Memory Studies, Sociological Inquiry, Sociology Compass, Cultural Sociology and International Journal of Comparative Sociology. I am the author or co-author of 2 books, sole editor of 9 journal issues, co-editor of 1 journal issue, sole editor of 1 virtual journal issue, and author of 10 editorials. In addition, I am the author of 8 book chapters. My research has been featured in media such as the BBC, RTÉ and The New York Times, among others.
Before becoming an academic, I served in a number of community organisation roles in the state and non-state sectors.
My research interests include religion, comparative historical sociology and collective memory.
My research has been featured in field-oriented research bibliographies (e.g., Abrutyn 2016; Simko 2019).
I have been a visiting scholar or researcher at the universities of Essex, Oxford and Lublin, as well as at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (formerly CEPS-INSTEAD).
I served as editor (2014-17) of the Irish Journal of Sociology, an international academic journal published online and in-print by SAGE. Additionally, I served as associate editor (2005-6) of Sociological Origins. Currently, I serve on the editorial board of Sociology Compass.
Over the years I have researched and written about quite a wide range of topics (from Irish Traveller horse culture to social trust, the politics of memory and the social organisation of public housing through to trends/patterns in the Catholic workforce). In addition, my work reflects the use of a wide range of methodologies including archival research, statistical analysis of large-scale social surveys, interview-based research, and content analysis. I have published studies using regression analysis (e.g., my article in the Journal of Urban Affairs). I have used content analysis (e.g., my Sociological Perspectives article) and archival research alongside interview-based research were the primary empirical basis for my monograph on Bloody Sunday memory.
Edited Journal Issue
Peer Reviewed Journal
|2018||Conway B.; Spruyt B. (2018) 'Catholic Commitment Around the Globe: A 52- Country Analysis'. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 57 (2):276-299. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2016||Conway B. (2016) 'Contexts of Trends in the Catholic Church’s Male Workforce: Chile, Ireland, and Poland compared'. Social Science History, 40 (3):405-432. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2014||Conway, B (2014) 'Religious Public Discourses and Institutional Structures: A Cross-National Analysis of Catholicism in Chile, Ireland, and Nigeria'. Sociological Perspectives, 57 :149-166. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2012||Conway, B; Corcoran, MP; Cahill, LM (2012) 'The 'miracle' of Fatima: Media framing and the regeneration of a Dublin housing estate'. Journalism, 13 :551-571. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2009||Conway, B (2009) 'Rethinking Difficult Pasts: Bloody Sunday (1972) as a Case Study'. Cultural Sociology, 3 :397-413. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2008||Conway, B (2008) 'Local conditions, global environment and transnational discourses in memory work: The case of Bloody Sunday (1972)'. Memory Studies, 1 :187-209. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2013||Conway, B (2013) 'Social Correlates of Church Attendance in Three European Catholic Countries'. Review of Religious Research, 55 :61-80. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2011||Conway B. (2011) 'Catholic Sociology in Ireland in Comparative Perspective'. The American Sociologist, 42 (1):34-55. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2007||Spillman L.; Conway B. (2007) 'Texts, bodies, and the memory of Bloody Sunday'. Symbolic Interaction, 30 (1):79-103. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2014||Conway, B (2014) 'Religious institutions and sexual scandals: A comparative study of Catholicism in Ireland, South Africa, and the United States'. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 55 :318-341. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2012||Conway, Brian (2012) 'Social Correlates of Church Attendance in Three European Catholic Countries'. Review of Religious Research, 54 . [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2011||Conway, Brian (2011) 'New Directions in the Sociology of Collective Memory and Commemoration'. Sociology Compass, 4 :442-453. [Full-Text]|
|2007||Conway, B. (2007) 'Moving through Time and Space: Performing Bodies in Derry, Northern Ireland'. Journal of Historical Sociology, 20 :103-125. [Full-Text]|
|2006||Conway, B. (2006) 'Who Do We Think We Are? Immigration and the Discursive Construction of National Identity in an Irish Daily Mainstream Newspaper, 1996-2004'. TRANSLOCATIONS: THE IRISH MIGRATION, RACE AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION REVIEW, 1 :76-94. [Full-Text]|
|2006||Conway, B. (2006) 'Foreigners, Faith and Fatherland: The Historical Origins, Development and Present Status of Irish Sociology’, 5(1): 1-36'. SOCIOLOGICAL ORIGINS, 5 :1-36. [Full-Text]|
|2005||Welch, M.R., Rivera, R.E.N., Conway, B., Yonkoski, J., Lupton, P.M. and Giancola, R. (2005) 'Determinants and Consequences of Social Trust'. Sociological Inquiry, 75 :453-473. [Full-Text]|
|2005||Conway, B. and Hachen, D.S. (2005) 'Attachments, Grievances, Resources and Efficacy: The Determinants of Tenant Association Participation Among Public Housing Tenants'. Journal of Urban Affairs, 27 :25-52. [Full-Text]|
|2004||Conway, B. (2004) 'Traveller Horses, Local Authorities and Public Policy in Contemporary Ireland'. Nomadic Peoples, 8 :65-80. [Full-Text]|
|2003||Conway, B. (2003) 'Active Remembering, Selective Forgetting, and Collective Identity: The Case of Bloody Sunday'. Identity, 3 :305-323. [Full-Text]|
|2001||Conway, B. (2001) 'Housing and Social Inclusion: Democratising the Local Authority-Tenant Community Relationship'. Administration, 49 :3-19. [Full-Text]|
|2016||Conway, Brian (2016) 'The Presence of the Cross in Public Spaces: Ireland' In: Presence of the Cross in Public Spaces: Experiences of Selected European Countries. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing.|
|2016||Conway B. (2016) 'Ireland: The erosion of the Catholic Church's authority and power' In: Religion and Secularism in the European Union: State of Affairs and Current Debates. Bern : Peter Lang. [DOI]|
|2016||Conway, Brian (2016) 'The Other Side of the Grave: Death-related Beliefs in ireland in Comparative Perspective' In: Death and the Irish: A Miscellany. Dublin : Wordwell.|
|2015||Conway B. (2015) 'Patriotism: A mapping of theoretical understandings and empirical studies' In: Intricacies of Patriotism: Towards a Complexity of Patriotic Allegiance. [DOI]|
|2009||Conway, B., Hill, M. R. (2009) 'Harriet Martineau and Ireland' In: Seamas O Siochain(Eds.). Social Thought in Ireland in the Nineteenth Century. Dublin : University College Dublin Press. [Full-Text]|
|2008||Conway, Brian (2008) '1916 in 2006' In: Corcoran, Mary P. Share, Perry(Eds.). Belongings: Shaping Identity in Modern Ireland. Dublin : Institute of Public Administration. [Full-Text]|
|2014||Conway, B (2014) 'Denominational Research Report: The Lure of an Irish Catholic Diocesan Seminary' Review of Religious Research, 56 :487-488. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2011||Conway, Brian (2011) 'The Vanishing Catholic Priest' Contexts, 10 :64-65. [Full-Text]|
|2011||Conway, Brian (2011) 'A Brief History of Sociology at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth: The Legacy of Fr. Peter McKevitt' Sociological Origins, 7 :41-47.|
|2008||Conway, Brian (2008) 'Harriet Martineau and Ireland' Sociological Origins, 7 (1) :41-47.|
|2016||Conway, B (2016) Review of Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland: Religious Practice in Late Modernity. LONDON: BREV [DOI]|
|2014||Conway B. (2014) Review of Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape. BREV [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2012||Conway, Brian (2012) Review of Fr. John Fahey: Radical Republican and Agrarian Activist (1893-1969). Maynooth: BREV|
|2010||Conway, Brian (2010) Review of No Second Chance: Reflections of a Dublin Priest. Maynooth: BREV|
|2009||Conway, B (2009) Review of Going It Alone? Lone Motherhood in Late Modernity. LONDON: BREV|
|2008||Conway, Brian (2008) Review of The Quest for Modern Ireland: The Battle of Ideas 1912-1986. Maynooth: BREV|
|2006||Conway, Brian (2006) Review of The Eternal Paddy: Irish Identity and the British Press, 1798-1882. BREV|
|2006||Conway, Brian (2006) Review of Bloody Sunday: Trauma, Politics and Pain. BREV|
|2012||Conway, Brian (2012) Division and Renewal in the Irish Catholic House. NEWSA|
|2010||Conway, Brian (2010) Belief and Practice: How Stable is Irish Catholicism?. NEWSA|
|2010||Conway, Brian (2010) Trends in Demand and Supply Factors in the Irish Catholic Church. NEWSA|
|2010||Conway, Brian (2010) The Memory and Amnesia of Irish Catholicism. NEWSA [Full-Text]|
|2009||Conway, Brian (2009) How we think about Bloody Sunday. NEWSA|
|1998||Conway, Brian (1998) The Greening of Wilkinsburg. NEWSA|
|1998||Conway, Brian (1998) Putting Our Best Foot Forward. NEWSA|
|1998||Conway, Brian (1998) Block Clubs in Wilkinsburg. NEWSA|
|2019||Conway, Brian (2019) Ireland. Strasbourg: NEWSL [Link]|
|2018||Conway, Brian (2018) Ireland. Strasbourg: NEWSL [Link]|
|2017||Conway, Brian (2017) Ireland. Strasbourg: NEWSL [Link]|
|2016||Conway, Brian (2016) Ireland. Strasbourg: NEWSL [Link]|
|2015||Conway, Brian (2015) Ireland. Strasbourg: NEWSL [Link]|
|2014||Conway, Brian (2014) Ireland. Strasbourg: NEWSL [Link]|
|2013||Conway, Brian (2013) Ireland. NEWSL [Link]|
|2012||Conway, Brian (2012) Ireland. Strasbourg: NEWSL [Link]|
|2010||Conway, Brian (2010) The Origins and Development of Sociology in Ireland. NEWSL|
|2009||Conway, Brian (2009) National Sociological Associations. NEWSL|
Published Case Studies
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While most of my teaching experience has been within the Irish university system, I also have experience of the UK and US systems. Within this background, I have taught/examined modules from undergraduate to doctoral level, catering to students in a broad range of disciplines and spanning in-person and online modes. Over the years I have taught (as lecturer) 15 different modules and contributed (either as lecturer or teaching assistant) to 8 additional modules across three universities.
I have contributed to teaching-focused research ("teaching to research") by solo editing a special journal issue on teaching sociology (https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/irja/24/1), as well as co-authoring a textbook (https://www.gilleducation.ie/college-university-social-studies/sociology-of-ireland-4th-edition).
On the "research to teaching" side, I attempt to bring an international comparative perspective into modules and have participated in international teaching exchanges.