Professor Linda Connolly to join the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies as Visiting Scholar

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 16:45

We are delighted to announce that Professor Linda Connolly (Professor of Sociology and Director, Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, Maynooth University) will be joining the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies as Visiting Scholar during the Lent Term 2022. Professor Connolly's research interests include gender, Irish society, family studies, migration, and Irish studies. She is the author of several recent publications including on the gender-based violence women experienced in the Irish Revolution (1919-23) and led the Irish Research Council funded 'Women and the Irish Revolution' project. She has published a number of books including, The Irish Women’s Movement: From Revolution to Devolution (London and New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003), Documenting Irish Feminisms: the Second Wave(with Tina O’Toole, republished in 2020, Galway: Arlen Press), Social Movements and Ireland (with Niamh Hourigan, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006), The Irish Family (London: Routledge, 2014), and Women and the Irish Revolution: Feminism, Activism, Violence (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2020). A new book monograph on women, violence and the Irish revolution will be published in 2022.

Professor Connolly will be conducting research for her forthcoming book on gender, violence and revolutions with colleagues in gender and women’s studies, nationally and internationally, to further understand the relationship between revolutions and gender based violence in a comparative context. Sexual assault, forced and violent hair cutting, beatings, gang rape, psychological violence, trauma, sexual harassment, abduction and sexual policing will be investigated in detailed case studies, drawing on documentary research and qualitative interviews, and its intergenerational legacy will be assessed.

Recent publications:


  • Linda Connolly (2021, in press),‘Gender, Punishment and Violence in Ireland’s Revolution 1919-23,’in Lyndsey Black, Louise Brangan and Deirdre Healy (eds.), Histories of Punishment and Social Control in Ireland (London: Emerald Publishing).


  • Linda Connolly (2020) 'Women and the Irish Revolution 1917-23: Marginal or Constitutive?,' in Linda Connolly  (ed.), Women and the Irish Revolution: Feminism, Activism, Violence (Dublin: Irish Academic Press), pp.1-16.


  • Linda Connolly (2020), 'Towards a further understanding of the sexual and gender-based violence women experienced in the Irish Revolution,' in Linda Connolly (ed.), Women and the Irish Revolution (Dublin: Irish Academic Press), pp. 103-128. 


  • Linda Connolly (2021, Fall), ‘Women, Irish Studies and the (Unfinished) Revolution, Irish Literary Supplement, 41, 1: pp. 18-19. 


  • Linda Connolly (2021, Fall), ‘Q and A with the Author: Professor Linda Connolly,’ Irish Literary Supplement, 41, 1: p.10.






  • Linda Connolly (2019) 'Sexual Violence in the Irish Revolution: an inconvenient truth?' History Ireland, November-December, 27, 6: 34–38.


  • Connolly, Linda (2019) Towards a Further Understanding of the Violence Experienced by Women in the Irish revolution (MUSSI Working Paper Series, no.7). Working Paper. MUSSI.