Mary Hickman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Irish Studies at London Metropolitan University. She established the Irish Studies Centre at London Met in 1986, where she was also Director of the Institute for the Study of European Transformations, 2002-2012. She was a Professorial Research Fellow at Centre for Irish Studies, St Mary’s University, London, 2012-2016. She has written widely on migration and diaspora, especially about the Irish in Britain and the USA. She is co-author of Migration and Social Cohesion in the UK (Palgrave 2012) and co-editor of Women and Irish Diaspora Identities (Manchester University Press 2014). She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Chair of Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad (VICA).